Less than a month ago, Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been forgiven for thinking that there was a chance that both Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty may not be at the club next season.
Bale is obviously on loan from Real Madrid for this season. Meanwhile, Doherty has endured a tough time since arriving from Wolves in the summer.
In fact, shortly after the 2-1 defeat to West Ham in February, ESPN reported that Jose Mourinho had his doubts about Doherty – less than a year after his £15 million move.
There is plenty of time left before the campaign concludes. And thus, there was always a possibility that plenty could change for both men.
But few could have really foreseen just how quickly the pair would start to silence their doubters.
The two players have both started three of Tottenham’s last four games. And when they have been on the pitch together, they have often played in close proximity down the right flank.
Bale has obviously been the star of the show in recent weeks. The Welshman has scored six and provided three assists in his last six games.
Doherty meanwhile, has contributed two assists.
So perhaps there is a chance that the pair could end up ensuring that they are both at Tottenham next season with the partnership and understanding they are building.
Doherty may be the one benefiting more from the pairing with Bale obviously producing the moments of game-changing quality right now.
But it is not completely one-sided. Doherty’s willingness to make the overlapping runs leaves Bale with the option to play the ball out to him or cut inside and exploit any space that the defenders have left by tracking Doherty.
As previously mentioned, there is still plenty of time left before the summer. So a lot can certainly change.
But Bale is starting to give Spurs reason to look at keeping him beyond his loan. Doherty is finally starting to prove why Mourinho wanted him last summer.
And their partnership is threatening to become something incredibly fruitful for Tottenham moving forward.