Gabriel Agbonlahor would not be surprised if Tottenham defender Matt Doherty quit the club in the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the Republic of Ireland international is more suited to a wing-back role because his defensive ability leaves a lot to be desired.

Doherty moved to north London from Wolves in the summer and, after initially being a mainstay in the starting XI, he has recently struggled for game time.


The 29-year-old has started just two Premier League games since the turn of the year and has recently been left out of the side in favour of young centre-back Japhet Tanganga.

He has, however, been a mainstay in the Europa League and grabbed his third assist of the season in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Wolfsberger on Wednesday.

“I think he’s done well, Tanganga,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“But Doherty, he did very well at Wolves but it was in a wing-back position. If you want to get the best out of Doherty, you’ve got to play him further up the pitch, he’s not the best of defenders.

“He’s been in and out of the team as well, he needs a run of games to get the best out of him.

“I think the way Spurs are playing he doesn’t suit their team at the moment.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he moved on in the summer and that’s what I’d be saying to him.”

Doherty was a near ever-present last season for Wolves and provided 12 goal contributions in 50 games across all competitions.

Across his 10-year spell at Molineux, he played over 300 times for the club and helped them rise from League One to the Europa League.

In other news, Alan Hutton has been left very excited by an update on Tottenham luring Julian Nagelsmann to replace Jose Mourinho.