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Tottenham Hotspur will embark on a new era under Nuno Espirito Santo during 2021/22. For the majority of players, it represents a new start; but for Matt Doherty, his dream move is quickly becoming a nightmare.

The ex-Wolves defender moved to Tottenham during the summer transfer window last year. He ended a long association with the Molineux club, joining Spurs for around £15 million.

Following his arrival in North London, he was absolutely ecstatic. He told the Spurs official website: I’m so excited. It’s one of the most exciting days of my career so far. Coming here it feels like I’m going to take my career to the next level.”

During his maiden campaign at Tottenham, Doherty was used sparingly. He started 25 games, but only 13 of those came in the Premier League, with Serge Aurier preferred.

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Now, Alex Crook has told TalkSPORT that Doherty, along with Eric Dier, could be deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham.

This offers a firm indication that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Indeed, Wolves fans might allow themselves a wry smile after hearing such news.


Doherty didn’t cover himself in glory during 2020/21. Mourinho signed him and utilised him largely as part of a back four. In hindsight that was a mistake, with Doherty playing better at Wolves as a right wing-back.

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As far as the £65,000-a-week Irishman is concerned, Spurs couldn’t have appointed a worse manager. It was Espirito Santo who binned him at Wolves and he could be about to do the same.

The smile on Doherty’s face was there for all to see during his first interview. His expression now will be one of despair and his Tottenham dream is set to spiral into disaster.

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