Tottenham star Matt Doherty has been criticised by former Republic of Ireland skipper, Roy Keane, after the defender contributed to a 1-0 loss against Wales yesterday.
Doherty signed for Spurs in the summer after a couple of outstanding seasons with Wolves. Jose Mourinho has opted with the Irishman more often than not, with Serge Aurier the other right-back in the squad.
But Doherty, 28, hasn’t quite got up the level he showed with Wolves as yet in north London and Keane, speaking to ITV last night, slammed Doherty’s defending for the Wales winner.
“I am looking at Doherty now and he’s 28 years of age. Bale attacks it well. But you look at Doherty [trying to win the header against Bale at the far post], he spoke after the game against England and how it’s embarrassing, at the moment. Well, he should be embarrassed with his defending.”
Keane, known for being outspoken in his views, cut a frustrated figure in the studio as he criticised the right-back’s latest showing.
Ireland, meanwhile, are struggling to get going. And to add further misery to the matter, Doherty and teammate James McClean have now both tested positive for Covid-19.
Not looking the same player, Keane has a point – TBR View
Keane is obviously going to call things how he sees them and he’s right in his comments on Doherty needing to defend much better than he did here.
The bigger issue for the Spurs man is he doesn’t quite look the player he was at Wolves. Whether that is a fitness issue or he’s simply not bedded in as well as he’d want in north London, only he knows.
Doherty, though, does have quality and has proven himself in the top-flight. With a few more weeks under the guidance of Mourinho, he can, hopefully, get back to his best.