£15m man has surely forced his way into Tottenham's starting XI for Boxing Day, he's been brilliant - opinion
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£15m man has surely forced his way into Tottenham's starting XI for Boxing Day, he's been brilliant - opinion

Matt Doherty has surely forced his way into Tottenham Hotspur‘s starting line-up for Boxing Day after he’s been brilliant during the mid-season break. 

Antonio Conte has been preparing his side for the return of the Premier League over the past few weeks as his side have taken part in three friendly matches. 

Spurs thrashed Motherwell 4-0 earlier this month, before beating Peterborough United’s U21 side 3-1 just days later. 

They rounded off their mid-season fixtures with a 1-1 draw to French outfit Nice on Wednesday and Conte seemed happy with his side’s display. 

And one player who has particularly impressed during the World Cup break is Doherty – he scored in every single game from wing-back. 

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Doherty has forced his way into Tottenham’s side 

Doherty bagged a brace against Motherwell, while grabbing a goal in each of the games against the Posh and Nice. 

The £15 million man put in another impressive display on Wednesday as he opened the scoring with a well-taken finish to beat former Leicester star Kasper Schmeichel. 

Spurs’ shortcomings at right wing-back have been evident this season, with Emerson Royal and even Doherty failing to impress so far.  

Djed Spence has barely featured under Conte since making the switch from Middlesbrough over the summer. And in our view, Doherty has surely done enough to earn his place in the starting line-up for the clash against Brentford. 

The 30-year-old enjoyed a brilliant spell in Conte’s side last season where he was regularly getting amongst the goals, while creating his fair share too.

But his season was brought to an abrupt end after he was forced off with a knee injury during Spurs’ 4-0 win over Aston Villa back in April.

The Irishman has struggled to get back to his best after the lengthy lay-off but the mid-season break seems to have benefitted him massively. 

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With Royal struggling to provide an attacking threat down the right-hand side, it seems like an obvious choice to give Doherty the nod against Brentford. He’s managed to get amongst the goals frequently over the past three games, while playing in both wing-back roles. 

Off the back of his promising displays during the World Cup, Doherty deserves another chance to try and nail down the right wing-back spot.

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