Hutton tips Doherty to shut Keane up after brutal Tottenham 'attack'
Alan Hutton has backed Matt Doherty to bounce back at Tottenham and make Roy Keane eat his “brutal” words.
The former Spurs and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 29-year-old’s confidence will have taken a hit after an already disappointing campaign.
Speaking during Sky Sports’ coverage of the 4-0 win over Burnley, Keane and Jamie Redknapp got into a heated debate over the strength of Spurs’ squad.
The former Manchester United midfielder singled Doherty out for criticism and insisted he was not good enough to help Tottenham to a top-four finish.
The summer signing has struggled for game time since joining from Wolves, with just nine league starts under his belt.
However, Hutton urged the 15-cap defender to use Keane’s comments as fuel to lift his game for the rest of the campaign.
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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It does take time to settle and I understand that but what won’t be helping is the criticism.
“You hear the things that are being said, obviously by the likes of Roy Keane, things like that. It’s not ideal for Doherty, especially when you know you’re maybe not hitting the heights you should be.
“It’s a difficult situation for him but it’s only going to make him stronger if he comes to the other end of it.
“I thought it was quite harsh, in my opinion, to kind of attack him in that way.
“Everybody’s got their own opinion but it’s up to the player to prove him wrong then. That’s what I’d be using it as and I think Doherty will as well.”