Matt Doherty has told the Guardian that working with Jose Mourinho has been even better than he expected following his summer switch to Tottenham Hotspur.
Doherty joined Spurs earlier in the window. The move came as a surprise to many with the 28-year-old spending a decade on Wolves’ books.
The Republic of Ireland international has already established himself as Spurs’ first-choice right-back. He has started in both of their Premier League games so far, and also featured in one of their Europa League wins.
And ahead of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle, Doherty shared his initial thoughts concerning working under Mourinho in North London.
“He has been even better than I expected,” he told the Guardian.
“He has that relationship with players on a personal level where he has a great sense of humour, he can joke around with them. He cares a lot for his players.”
There are still issues to address for Tottenham, it seems. However, there is no question that they have responded well following their opening day defeat to Everton.
They won a bizarre game in Bulgaria. And their second-half performance against Southampton last weekend was devastating at times.
And Doherty appears to have taken little time to settle in. He seemed to be an incredibly smart signing. He had been a crucial player for Wolves for a number of years, including at the highest level.
If Mourinho is going to get the best out of him this season, it could prove to be one of Spurs’ smartest pieces of business in recent years to bring him in.