Micah Richards questions Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Matt Doherty
The 29-year-old Irishman arrived at Tottenham in the summer window from Wolves. Hailed as a coup, Doherty has failed to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI.
Doherty endured a disappointing outing against Liverpool last week, which led to him being axed for the game against Brighton. Despite Jose Mourinho setting up with a three-man defensive system with wing-backs, Doherty was overlooked, with Moussa Sissoko starting ahead of him.
This decision hasn’t sat right with Richards, given that Doherty played and excelled as a wing-back during his time at Wolves.
“What I don’t understand is that Spurs played with a three at the back. And they played Sissoko wing-back. I know he has done well in a wide right role, at times. More with a four at the back and four in midfield.
“But you have Matt Doherty sitting on the bench there. What’s going through his mind? I could understand if they were playing a four at the back. At Wolves, he played wing-back and he was very effective from the wing-back position. It wasn’t just Spurs looking at him. Loads of teams were looking at him.”
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Since arriving at Tottenham, Doherty has featured 18 times in all competitions. Only half of those appearances have come in the Premier League. The 29-year-old has flattered to deceive in his short time at the club. Hopefully, things get better for the Republic of Ireland international in the coming days.