West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Matt Doherty to the London Stadium over the remainder of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to Jack Rosser, with The Sun journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that West Ham have made contact with Tottenham Hotspur regarding the possibility of a loan move for the 30-year-old right-back – although it is believed that a deal for the Republic of Ireland international looks unlikely at present.
In his tweet, Rosser said: “West Ham also looking at trying to do a right-back today and have asked Tottenham about a loan for Matt Doherty, seems unlikely at the moment though.”
While it is true that Doherty has seen his game time become rather limited at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Antonio Conte’s appointment at the club last November – playing just four minutes of league football so far this season – considering just how impressive the right-back has been when given the chance, he could well prove an extremely astute signing for the Hammers.
Indeed, over his 15 Premier League appearances – only nine of which came as starts – last season, the £10.8m-rated full-back excelled in an attacking and creative capacity, scoring two goals, registering four assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.1 shots, making one key pass and completing 0.4 dribbles per game.
The £65k-per-week defender also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.2 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and winning 56% of his duels per fixture.
These returns saw the 30-year-old average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.06, ranking him as Spurs’ third-best defender and eighth-best performer overall in the top flight of English football last time out.
For comparison, over Vladimir Coufal’s 28 top flight fixtures in 2021/22, the £10.8m-rated right-back scored no goals, provided four assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.4 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.
In a defensive capacity, the £35k-per-week defender made an average of 1.6 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 2.0 clearances and won 51% of his duels per fixture, with these returns seeing the 30-year-old average a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.77 – ranking him as David Moyes’ 10th-worst performer in the Premier League last season.
As such, while the duo return similar numbers in a defensive capacity, it is evident that Doherty provides a great deal more than Coufal going forwards, something that would prove incredibly useful for when Moyes wishes to deploy his 3-5-2 formation – leading us to believe that the Irishman’s signing would represent a rather large upgrade on the Czech Republic international.