Phillips: Tottenham may sign Doherty 2.0 after 'brilliant' transfer update
Conor Coady would struggle at Tottenham much like his former teammate Matt Doherty, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Wolves defender is not the right fit for Spurs even if Nuno Espirito Santo is appointed manager.
This site revealed on 26th June that Nuno wants Spurs to sign Coady, 28, if he becomes the club’s new manager.
Tottenham are in the market for at least one centre-half this summer with Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld failing to convince last season.
Phillips claimed Spurs need to target a different profile of defender to Coady if they want to return to the Champions League.
“Coady has been brilliant for Wolves but would he be the perfect fit for a Tottenham? I don’t think so,” he told Football Insider.
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“I think he has got to the stage of his career where that kind of move is beyond him.
“Managers often go back to sign players that they trust and Coady is certainly one of those for Nuno but we have already seen Doherty struggle to make the step up. Perhaps the jump was too big.
“I think Coady would be similar. I cannot see him at Tottenham.
“If they really have aspirations of getting back into the Champions League they need to target someone younger.”
The Lilywhites raided Wolves for wing-back Matt Doherty 12 months ago but he failed to impress in his 29 appearances across all competitions.
The 29-year-old has three years remaining on his contract in north London.