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Spurs-linked £10k-a-week defender previously hailed as ‘absolutely sensational’ by Jermaine Jenas

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Spurs-linked £10k-a-week defender previously hailed as ‘absolutely sensational’ by Jermaine Jenas

Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Matt Doherty was previously described as “absolutely sensational” by former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

According to Football London, Tottenham are keen on bringing the versatile Wolves ace to North London this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his ranks.

The outlet claims that Mourinho is a fan of Doherty, who can play not only as a right-back but also as a wing-back, right-sided midfielder and as a left-back.

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Football London also claims that Spurs are hoping to strike a deal for Doherty in the region of £12million, not including add-ons.

The 28-year-old made 50 appearances for Wolves last season as the Molineux club finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Doherty, who has three years remaining on his current deal, claimed seven goals and five assists last term.

As reported by Football London, he is second only to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in creating chances among Premier League right-backs over the past two seasons in all competitions.

Jenas was left in awe of Doherty’s display in Wolves’ 1-0 Premier League win over Burnley in September 2018, during which he provided an assist and was named man of the match by Sky Sports.

 

“Matt Doherty was sensational today,” Jenas told BBC Sport, as quoted by Sports Joe. “It just shows here the influence he had on the game.

“He was ever an option on the right-hand side. I think it’s great for any wing-back in this side because the manager gives them that freedom to go and express themselves, get forward and create and make things happen.

“I thought he gave Taylor and Gudmundson a really tough time. The crosses he put into the box were brilliant. But what impressed me more were the runs he made, they’re intelligent runs.

“Burnley just didn’t seem to be able to deal with it… I thought he was absolutely sensational.”

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The right-back position at Spurs has long been an area in need of bolstering, with Serge Aurier the only recognised senior right-back at the club.

Doherty is certainly a good call as a potential Tottenham target, given his age, experience, talent, and homegrown status – while a reported £12million fee is fairly modest.

In addition, Spotrac lists the player as currently having a £10,000-a-week salary, something Spurs should be able to increase highly in any potential negotiations.

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