Paul Robinson claimed that the signing of Matt Doherty solves a problem at Tottenham that has been there “for a long time”.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that the right-back position has troubled manager Jose Mourinho .
The club announced the signing of the Wolves defender on Sunday three days after Football Insider had revealed that a £16million deal had been agreed between the two clubs.
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The Republic of Ireland international will provide direct competition for Serge Aurier who has been widely criticised over the past two seasons for his defensive capabilities.
Doherty, himself an offensive wing-back, made an astonishing 50 appearances in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the 2019-20 campaign.
“Doherty is definitely an upgrade defensively,” Robinson told Football Insider. “What Serge Aurier brings offensively he lacks defensively.
“That has been a problem at Spurs for a long time. The manager has not been able to do anything about it until the window has opened. Jose Mourinho has been allowed to shuffle his pack and it is one of the first situations he has addressed.
“Doherty is very fit, very reliable and very dependable. A top player.
“It also gives him another option because he can play right-back or right-wing back. He is a very versatile player that can be used in two different systems.”
Mourinho told the club’s website: “First of all I have to thank Mr Levy and Steve (Hitchen), also the player and agent to trust us and to make it happen.
“I hate to play against him, so I’m so, so happy that I don’t play against him again. I’m so happy that we have him.”