'Little end product': National media not impressed by £15m Tottenham player's international display last night
While 32 countries are getting ready for the World Cup in Qatar, some others played international friendlies.
It does not seem the wisest idea coming off the back of a gruelling schedule, but the purists would say that an opportunity to represent your country should never be anything less than an honour.
Ireland went down 2-1 to a Norway side captained by Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard, and their press had their say on Doherty’s performance.
Doherty player ratings for Ireland 1-2 Norway
We have put together a selection of player ratings so Spurs fans who missed the game can get an idea of how their right wing-back got on…
Irish Times: Displayed admirable bravery in daring to be the only outfield Irish player willing to accept it was pretty cold at the Aviva by going for a long sleeves and black gloves combo. Didn’t contribute enough going forward in the first half but was much better in the second. Rating: 6
Joe.ie: Doherty started at right wing-back and helped provide width by hugging the touchline. The Spurs defender, however, was often isolated during the first half as Ireland focused their attacks down the left channel. Doherty regularly arrived late in the penalty area at the back post, but his teammates rarely found him. 5.
Pundit Arena: 6 – Got up and down the right flank as usual but little end product. Regularly cut into the box to get on the end of crosses from the left, as is often the case with the Spurs man, but to no avail tonight.
Independent: 6 – Was the target for diagonals throughout first 45 and got closer to the Norwegian goal in the second half.
Balls.ie: 5 – Looked to exploit the space on the right flank often early on, although Norway seemed to quickly stamp out that threat.
Extra: 6. Isolated in the drab first half, but was able to fire in some better service in the much-improved second half.
It does not seem like it was a great Ireland performance overall but £15 million man Doherty did not exactly get rave reviews for his display.
In fairness, it must be fairly hard to get up for a friendly while many club teammates prepare for the World Cup, but it does not sound like this was a performance which will have Antonio Conte sitting up and taking notice.
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