Report: Tottenham may now sell their 'tremendous' defender after announcing the signing of Djed Spence
Tottenham Hotspur announced their sixth summer signing today as Djed Spence officially joined the club from Middlesbrough, but that could be bad news for Matt Doherty, according to the London Evening Standard.
Spurs will reportedly pay Boro an initial £12.5m which could rise to £20m with add-ons (Evening Standard) and the signing could have a knock on effect on other players in his squad.
Antonio Conte’s team now boasts three right wing-backs, including Doherty and Emerson Royal. So you’d think that Spurs may now look to move one of them on.
Tottenham may sell Matt Doherty
The report states that the pair will now face ‘fierce’ competition from the 21-year-old and Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian was recently used in the position against Sevilla in a friendly match and Conte sees Lucas as a ‘good option’ for the wing-back spot.
Both Doherty and Royal had a mixed campaign last season at Spurs. The Irishman struggled to break into Conte’s side but then enjoyed a superb spell of form at the end of February and beginning of March.
Royal doesn’t seem to possess the required qualities to play in a Conte wing-back role but did show huge improvements after the ‘tremendous’ Doherty was injured for the final few games of the season.
Conte will certainly have to make a decision over the players as the squad now has three right-backs. And if the Italian does convert Moura into wing-back, he will have four players in that position.
TBR’s View: Emerson seems like the most sellable asset for Tottenham
Spurs only signed Emerson Royal last summer but he was originally brought in to play under Nuno Espirito Santo in a back-four. The Brazilian just doesn’t seem suited to playing as a wing-back, despite a promising end to last season.
Matt Doherty has played the role under Santo for Wolves and was brilliant for Spurs before his injury last season.
Royal is still only 23 and has apparently received interest from Spain, so Tottenham may decide he’s the best player to move on at this time.
But his late season form also increased his popularity considerably, so Conte’s choice over who to sell does not look to be an easy one.
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