Kevin Phillips claims Matt Doherty’s Tottenham career could be over this summer as the club eye a replacement.
The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suspects Doherty is living on borrowed time at Spurs.
Last week, Football Insider revealed the club have reignited their interest in Max Aarons, 21, after making a new right-back one of their main priorities this summer.
Doherty, 29, joined Tottenham from Wolves last summer but has been limited to just 12 Premier League starts.
The defender hasn’t featured in any competition since late March after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho.
Ryan Mason’s appointment as interim boss hasn’t seen Doherty’s chances improve though he has featured on the bench in the club’s last two outings.
When asked if the signing of Aarons would be the end of Doherty’s time at Spurs, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “It could be.
“I was very surprised at the move for Doherty although he did well in the beginning.
“I would say getting a younger player in, someone who can be an asset, it makes sense.
“They’ll get longer out of someone like Aarons and Doherty hasn’t been in the team for a while. He’s living on borrowed time.
“It could be the end if Aarons comes in but again, it depends on who the manager is.”
Doherty was sent off in Spurs’ home win over Leeds in January as Mourinho rewarded him with a stern staredown.
His last appearance for the club came in March’s derby defeat to Arsenal.