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Matt Doherty 'can't wait' for the season to start; admits he under-performed for Spurs last season

Spurs defender Matt Doherty has said he cannot wait for the new Premier League season to start as he hopes to right some of the wrongs of last year.

Doherty was signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2020. He penned a four-year deal at the time, and was seen as the ideal player to up the ante from right-back.

However, the Ireland international struggled to ever get going and he couldn’t replicate the form he showed at Wolves. Indeed, he often found himself playing second-fiddle to the error-prone Serge Aurier.

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But Doherty is bullish about his chances this season. With his old manager Nuno Santo now at Spurs, and injury worries behind him, the full-back admits he can’t wait to get going.

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“I under-performed. I realise that but I’m trying to get back into pre-season, get my form and get my fitness and confidence going and be ready for the first game of the season,” Doherty said, via Football.London.

“I can’t wait for next season to start. You just can’t beat playing football. You get all the time off in the summer to do whatever you want to do but there’s no better feeling than putting your boots on and getting on to the grass and playing.”

Like a new signing?

If Spurs can get the best Matt Doherty, then it will feel like a new signing for the club. Nuno Santo knows him well, so if anyone is going to get the best out of him, then it’s Santo.

However, it is down to Doherty. Serge Aurier is likely to leave, so he’ll never get a better chance to stake his claim as the number one right-back.

It’s clearly there with Doherty. He was exceptional with Wolves at times.

For Spurs fans, they’ll be desperate to be proven wrong. Many had lost faith in Doherty. Now, then, is his time to really shine.

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