Kevin Phillips is adamant that Matt Doherty will be the “number one choice full-back” at Tottenham next season after the club confirmed the signing of the Wolves defender.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, lauded the 28-year-old and claimed that he will take the place of Serge Aurier in Jose Mourinho’s side.
— Matt Doherty (@mattdoherty20) August 30, 2020
Doherty made a staggering 50 appearances across all competitions for the Wanderers last season thanks to their extended run in the Europa League.
He contributed an impressive seven goals and five assists from right-back in the 2019/20 campaign.
When asked by Football Insider if the new Spurs signing would replace Serge Aurier in the starting eleven this year, Phillips said:
“I have said all along that I like Serge Aurier but Tottenham supporters that I know would like to see someone come in and challenge him if not replace him.
“Doherty has performed so well this season and the good thing about him is that he can play as a wing-back as well. He gets up and down, great quality.
“That is smart business to get him through the door and he will be the number one choice full-back.”
Speaking to the club’s media after his arrival, Doherty said: “I’m extremely happy. I’m very proud to be joining such a big club.
“With the size of the club, the training ground, the fact that we’ve got the best stadium in the world and possibly the best training ground in the world from what I’ve seen – and the manager… once I knew there was interest it was a no-brainer for me to get myself down to London.”
Doherty becomes Spurs’ third major summer signing after Pierre Emilie Hojbjerg and Joe Hart.
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