Matt Doherty struggling to make an impact under manager Jose Mourinho.
The Irish defender made only 13 Premier League appearances for the North London club this season since his arrival from Wolves for £15m in the summer window.
He has struggled to nail down a starting role in the current Spurs squad and former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliott believes Doherty can turn his fortunes around at Spurs.
“I think he has what it takes to turn things around, and hopefully it won’t be long before we saw the Matt Doherty we saw at Wolves,” Elliott said.
“The way Wolves play, it really suited the way Matt Doherty played. “It suited his game and his marauding runs down the right that we have become accustomed to over the past couple of years.
“Spurs set up quite differently.
“Jose Mourinho tends not to be as expansive. Doherty has missed out on game time because of the way Mourinho plays. You only have to look at Gareth Bale’s situation when he arrived back at the club; Mourinho doesn’t really care who you are, if you don’t suit the way he wants to play, you don’t play.”
“It’s been a difficult first season, but Matt’s a confident lad and I’m sure he is trying to adjust his game to fit in a bit better to the way the manager wants him to play and hopefully he can turn things around.
“From an Ireland point of view, you want him playing because he is one of our biggest players at the moment.”
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