23 Feb Mourinho doubts put Doherty’s Tottenham future in jeopardy
Matt Doherty’s future at Tottenham is unsure with supervisor Jose Mourinho harbouring doubts over the defender’s skill to be successful on the membership, sources have instructed Football4cast.
Spurs signed the 29-year-old from Wolves for a charge within the area of £15 million in August however Mourinho is contemplating making the right-back out there for transfer this summer time until his kind improves.
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Doherty has began simply 9 Premier League video games this season and solely two for the reason that flip of the 12 months, the primary ending with a 90th-minute purple card in opposition to Leeds and the second initially as a makeshift left wing-back in defeat to champions Liverpool.
Mourinho could possibly be heard berating Doherty all through that recreation and sources have instructed Football4cast there may be additional frustration behind the scenes on the Republic of Eire worldwide’s lack of progress.
Doherty signed a four-year contract final summer time and isn’t prepared to surrender on his Spurs profession. Nevertheless, he’ll want alternatives to revive his fortunes and regardless of being with out Serge Aurier resulting from a foot damage in opposition to West Ham on Sunday, Mourinho opted to begin teenager Japhet Tanganga at right-back, solely introducing Doherty at half-time.
Mourinho was eager to overtake the right-back place final summer time having allowed Kyle Walker-Peters to hitch Southampton along with Aurier being out there on the market.
Nevertheless, a suitable deal couldn’t be struck for Aurier and he has since moved forward of Doherty within the pecking order.
Sources have instructed Football4cast that Aurier’s enchancment is one other unfavourable mark in opposition to Doherty however it stays to be seen whether or not he can flip issues round or if chairman Daniel Levy would sanction any departure on the finish of the season.
Mourinho’s personal state of affairs can also be unclear with stress mounting on the 58-year-old after Spurs fell to their fifth defeat in six video games. Football4cast reported on Friday that Levy needs to attend till the tip of the season — if outcomes permit — earlier than figuring out Mourinho’s destiny.