By Noel Whelan

20th Nov, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Huge blow' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Tottenham key man ruled out of Man City clash

Matt Doherty will be a “huge” miss for Tottenham Hotspur in their game against Manchester City on Saturday, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker claimed the 28-year-old had made the right-back position his own since his summer move from Wolves.

Doherty will miss the visit of Man City on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

He could also miss Spurs’ Europa League fixture against Ludogorets Razgrad next week and the visit to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League at the end of November.

Doherty has started six of Spurs’ eight Premier League games this season and provided his first assist for the club with the winner against West Brom before the international break.

Asked by Football Insider what he’s made of Doherty’s start to life in north London, Whelan said: “He’s made that right-back position his own.

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“You look at player of that ability and somebody that Mourinho really went all out to get, it was in his mind straight away that that was his right back. 

“He’s very consistent, he gives you everything going forward, defensively and he links up play. 

“There wasn’t too many on his wish list, he got Hojgjberg, he got Doherty and you’ve seen what a revelation they’ve been for Tottenham.

“They’re a stronger set up for those two players so it’s a huge blow, he’ll be very much missed.”

Doherty spent 10 years at Molineux before his move to Tottenham in August of this year.

He played 302 times across all competitions for the club including games in League One and the Europa League.

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