Tottenham defender Matt Doherty criticised in Ireland's national media, despite 4-1 win over Andorra
Ireland finally secured their first victory under manager Stephen Kenny on Thursday with a win over Andorra. Troy Parrott scored twice, his first international goals for Ireland – as Ireland came from behind to win 4-1. But the national media of Ireland were not impressed with Tottenham ace Matt Doherty.
Doherty, 29, has endured a difficult 12 months. Ending a brilliant stint at Wolves in which he clocked up 302 appearances for the Midlands club. The 17-time Ireland international managed just 17 Premier League games for Spurs last season, a poor return for a player bought to replace Serge Aurier.
Andorra opened the scoring, but Parrott took the game by the scruff of the neck. Wearing the 10 shirt, the striker scored two quick-fire goals to flip the game on its head. Jason Knight and Daryl Horgan also scored. But Doherty did nothing to remind Ireland fans why he continues to be picked.
Indeed, the Irish Times awarded Doherty just 5/10 – in stark contrast to the 9/10 awarded to Parrott. The newspaper asked why Kenny continues to “shoehorn” Doherty into the Ireland side, criticising him for his performance – in which he nearly gifted a goal to Andorra.
“Sometimes it’s hard to see why there was such clamour for Doherty to be shoehorned into the Ireland side. Threatened when he got forward, which wasn’t very often,” Patrick Madden wrote in the Irish Times, before awarding the £65,000-a-week (Spotrac) Tottenham player a 5/10.
What do Tottenham need to do with Doherty, after Ireland display?
It is a difficult position to be in for Spurs. Just last summer, Spurs bought Doherty for around £13million. It means that he has three years remaining on his Tottenham contract, and will probably stay at Spurs this summer. They need to get the best out of him – and perhaps they can, under Antonio Conte.
Conte starred for Chelsea with a three-man defence. Conte-ball proved excellent, guiding the Blues to the Premier League title. If Conte joins, then it surely benefits Doherty? The ex-Wolves man needs a quick turn of form, club and nation, or it is curtains at Spurs.
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