Pundit Exclusive: 'Perfect' player jets in for Tottenham medical & to finalise personal terms
Noel Whelan claims that Wolves star Matt Doherty is the “perfect” right-back signing for Tottenham this summer.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 28-year-old will sort out a “big problem” the Lilywhites have in defence.
As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, Spurs have agreed a deal worth an initial £12million rising to £16million with add-ons to sign the Republic of Ireland international.
Doherty has ended his holiday in Sardinia and has flown back to the UK to finalise a transfer to Spurs and undergo a medical as well as discuss personal terms.
Whelan believes that the Wolves star ticks all the boxes for Tottenham and suggests his arrival will trigger the departure of Serge Aurier.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think everybody has admired Doherty over the seasons since he’s been at Wolves – an absolute professional, he’s like your perfect wing-back these days and that’s what you’re looking for.
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“He’s competitive, aggressive, defensively very good, he knows how to get forward, he can put a great ball into the box.
“I don’t think Jose Mourinho would be going out there trying to buy this player if he didn’t admire him and hadn’t been watching him over the seasons. It’s been a big problem for
Tottenham, absolutely, because they’ve sold all their right-backs and you can already see they’re negotiating with Aurier to get him out the club.
“I think he’s looking to bring people in with the right character, the right attitude and the right attributes and I think Doherty fits that bill.”
Doherty has been a mainstay at Molineux since the club’s promotion back to the Premier League and has been a constant attacking threat as well as a resolute defender for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Doherty has played 75 times in the Premier League to date, with eight goals and 11 assists under his belt.
He made a total of 50 appearances across all competitions for Wolves last season, including 10 in the Europa League.