Tottenham insider issues intriguing Doherty claim after 'really interesting' development
Matt Doherty could double his chances of being used by Antonio Conte by proving himself as a left-back at Tottenham.
That is according to Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.
Doherty, 29, came on as a second-half substitute as Tottenham drew 0-0 with Everton on Sunday.
Under Nuno Espirito Santo, the defender found opportunities limited, starting just four games in all competitions.
At Wolves, Doherty impressed as a flying wing-back, a position Conte uses effectively in his system.
The defender was used as a left-back against Everton and Wenham insists he can ‘double his chances’ of playing if he can prove himself in a second position.
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“It was really interesting to see him come on at left-back against Everton,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He played at left-back for Ireland in a recent game against Portugal, so he can do it.
“If he can make himself available as both a right-back and left-back, he doubles his chances of being involved.
“If he can hold down new positions, it will give him a new lease of life.
“The issue I have is that I don’t think he’s that good. It’s a bit like the situation with Davies.
“He may be used in that role for a while but I don’t think it’s a long-term option.
“I’m sure his arrival yesterday caused some confusion with the travelling fans.
“Some fans have said he could be the breakout star under Conte.
“Doherty could be another but again, I don’t think he’s good enough for where we want to be.”