Matt Doherty set for 'permanent' Tottenham move after source's triple signing reveal today - pundit
Noel Whelan has claimed Matt Doherty is the “obvious choice” to depart Tottenham if a new right-back arrives during the January window.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Djed Spence’s lack of action this season will also be a “worry” for Antonio Conte.
Tottenham are readying plans to strengthen their squad in January with a centre-back top of their wish list along with a midfielder and versatile forward.
The Londoners signed highly-rated youngster Spence during the summer window but he has managed just 26 minutes of football in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Doherty is out of contract in June 2024 and has failed to string together a consistent run of starts in a Tottenham shirt.
Spurs sources told Football Insider last month (15 October) that the club listened to offers for the former Wolves ace during the summer window and they will do so again in January.
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Whelan insisted the right-hand side of Tottenham’s defence is an “issue” for Conte.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think Doherty is the obvious choice to leave.
“He’s not quite put a good run together. He’s had quality games, but sporadically.
“The full-back positions have always been an issue for Conte. He’s never been happy with any of his options there.
“On the left, he’s got Perisic and Sessegnon who are starting to look like long-term solutions for Spurs.
“But the right-hand side is an issue. Doherty and Royal haven’t been good enough.
“And the fact they paid big money for Djed Spence but he isn’t playing – it’s a worry in itself.
“It doesn’t surprise me to see that they want to bring another one in, but something’s got to give.
“Someone has to go out permanently, and they’ll be working hard to get that done in January.”