Date: 15th September 2020 at 8:00am
Written by: Alan Johnson

Tottenham suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Sunday. Matt Doherty made his debut for us but didn’t have the best afternoon and was called out by Jose Mourinho after the loss for a lack of fitness. Big things were expected of Doherty after he impressed in his 10 years at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but fans are disappointed with what they saw.

Below-par debut

Despite Doherty being the more attacking fullback compared to Ben Davies, the 28-year-old saw less of the ball, completed fewer passes, failed to make an accurate cross and failed to create a chance. Only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gave away more fouls than Doherty too, so it wasn’t a vintage performance.

As per WhoScored, the Republic of Ireland international played for 75 minutes, had 69 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 81.8% of his 44 passes, had one shot which hit the target, whipped in one cross which failed to find a teammate, gave away two fouls, blocked two shots, made one clearance, made two dribbles and made one tackle.

Mourinho was critical of Doherty’s fitness after the game, saying to Sky Sports (h/t Metro): “You can look to Doherty, a player who is normally in incredible condition. He didn’t have pre-season. He went direct from holidays to national team matches. No pre-season at all and not one single training session.

“Today he was not Matt Doherty like he normally is. I could feel some of my players were not fit – Matt was struggling to play the way you want him to play.” Doherty is only one game into his Tottenham career, but it’s been a bad start when his own manager is calling him out to the media.

‘No better than Aurier’

Mourinho is already souring on Doherty and so are our supporters. The 27-year-old came in for a lot of criticism on social media over the weekend and is now being compared to Serge Aurier. A lot of fans have suggested that Doherty isn’t an improvement on the Ivorian international, so his signing looks like bad business early on.

After offloading Kyle Walker-Peters (to Southampton) while putting Juan Foyth and Aurier up for sale, it was imperative that we brought in a right-sided player. Doherty fit the criteria and was available for £15m, so we jumped at the chance to sign him.

He underperformed on his debut, but there’s plenty more to come from the wing-back this season. It’s still early days, so supporters shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Doherty.

In other news, Tottenham have enquired about Carlos Vinicius as Jose Mourinho identifies a replacement for Harry Kane

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