Alex McLeish is convinced that Tottenham have signed an absolute “gem” in Matt Doherty.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa, Scotland and Rangers manager delivered a glowing appraisal of the right-back soon after his £15million transfer from Wolves.
Doherty kept his place in the Tottenham side for their second match of the season and played the full 90 minutes of this evening’s 2-1 Europa League qualifier win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
Jose Mourinho made four changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Everton in the Premier League.
He replaced Toby Alderweireld with Davinson Sanchez but Doherty was one of three members of the defence who kept his place.
“Jose, I know over the years, if you look at his teams, he does like big defenders and
Doherty is a big giant of a guy and he’s also a tremendous athlete,” McLeish told Football Insider.
“He has shown the Wolves fans and the English Premier League that this is a guy who has been a tremendous servant to Wolves.
“To see him go on to Tottenham Hotspur, whether he sees that as a bigger move – again, in the grand scheme of things Tottenham would be deemed bigger than Wolves, although Wolves have come on under the regime and the people who own the club and
also the manager.
“Doherty can defend and attack in both penalty boxes. Jose’s got a gem there.”
Doherty moved to Tottenham after making up his mind to end his 10-year association with Wolves.
He made 302 appearances in total for the Molineux outfit, registering 28 goals and 41 assists since joining from Bohemians in 2010, including seven goals and five assists from 50 appearances last season.