'Out of the blue' - Exclusive: Ex-Spur dazzled as Tottenham agree 'Outstanding' new signing
Alan Hutton has been left blown away after Tottenham confirmed the capture of Matt Doherty from Wolves.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the move came out of the blue and insists it is a fantastic addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Tottenham confirmed on Sunday that the Republic of Ireland right-back had put pen to paper on a four-year-old to complete his move from Molineux.
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As revealed by Football Insider last week, Spurs have agreed to pay Wolves an initial £12million for Doherty, which could rise to £16million with performance-related add-ons.
Hutton, a former right-back himself, believes that Tottenham were left lacking defensively last season and that Doherty ticks all the boxes at both ends of the pitch.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he’s been outstanding in the last couple of seasons, he’s given everything for Wolves and I was surprised, it kind of came out the blue.
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“I was thinking: ‘Okay, this could possibly happen, it’s a good price for someone fits into a few different positions.’ Not only can he play full-back, he can play wing-back, he gets up and down the pitch really well, he’s only 28 so he’s got plenty of time ahead of him.
“He can get a goal, he’s a good size – he ticks all the boxes and I think Mourinho’s looking for players like that. Not only does he go forward but defensively sound and I think that’s where Tottenham really lacked last season. As a whole, they struggled.
“It’s real good business for Spurs. To get him for that amount of money, absolutely great business.”
Doherty has a total of 75 Premier League appearances under his belt and has left Wolves after 302 games for the club.
Serge Aurier was Mourinho’s first-choice right-back last season, although Japhet Tanganga also filled in on occasion.