Danny Mills has suggested Tottenham defender Matt Doherty is struggling to adapt to playing a back four.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England full-back claimed the congested fixture schedule means the Irishman has not had enough time at the club’s Hotspur Way training ground to learn his new role.
Doherty moved to north London from Wolves in the summer where he spent two seasons playing as a right wing-back in a back five in the Premier League.
Tottenham moved to a back five last weekend when Doherty returned to Molineux as Jose Mourinho decided to match up against Wolves.
However, they returned to a back four for the visit of Leeds United on Saturday and Doherty struggled.
The 28-year-old was sent off in stoppage time of the second-half for two bookable offences.
“What we’ve seen with Docherty was three years at right wing-back, to then suddenly change and come and play as an out-and-out right-back is a switch,” Mills told Football Insider.
“It is and it isn’t difficult, it’s a switch you have to work out for sure so that’s not always easy.
“That’s something he’ll need to work on and get sorted.
“It takes time, we’ve seen many many times the games are coming thick and fast and there are issues around covid and international breaks.
“There isn’t as much time to get on the training ground and work with players.
“We’re only 15 games into the season – normally we’d be on 20. You have to look at it and think ‘he’s a very, very good player and I think the best is yet to come from him.’
“A lot of it comes down to the fact managers and coaches have not had as much time on the training ground as they would like.”