Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer business since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2018 has been questionable at times, with the Old Gold splashing out on some big transfer fees for players who just didn’t live up to the hype.
Fabio Silva, for example, joined from Porto in 2020 for a club-record £35m price tag but scored only four goals in 62 appearances before joining Anderlecht on a season-long loan deal earlier this summer.
The Old Gold have made some good decisions on the transfer market too, despite the narrative that they only sign big money players who fail to live up to exceptions.
One such move was selling Matt Doherty for £15m to Tottenham Hotspur back in 2020 under former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Having joined the Molineux side way back in 2010 from Bohemians for a measly £75k it’s fair to say Wolves got their money’s worth out of the right back.
He made 302 appearances for the club in his decade-long stint, scoring 28 times while also registering 43 assists, a very solid return from a fullback.
Doherty’s move to Spurs hasn’t exactly worked out how he envisaged, and when Jose Mourinho – the manager who signed him – was sacked in April 2021, his performances suffered.
Compared to positional peers in the big five leagues, Doherty was in the 28th percentile for clearances per 90 – 1.54 – the 37th percentile for tackles – 1.85 – and the 46th for pressures -12.21 – all of which demonstrate how he is slowly on the decline.
With his game time clearly limited and performances underwhelming when he does play, it looks like Wolves played a blinder by convincing Spurs to shell out £15m for the right back.