While Tottenham Hotspur continue their preseason training ahead of the September 13 opener against Everton, the club are filling holes to bolster the squad. Spurs have confirmed the permanent transfer of fullback Matt Doherty from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Doherty’s contract is four years worth somewhere between £12m to £15m plus add-ons, though the terms have not been confirmed by either club. His wages weren’t confirmed either, though Doherty was making £50,000/week prior to the move. Doherty will wear the #2 shirt last worn by Kieran Trippier.
Irish club Bohemians will reportedly receive £1.5m as part of a sell-on clause in Doherty’s contract when he was sold to Wolves for just £75k back in 2010.
The 28-year-old fullback from Dublin has been with Wolves since 2010 when he moved from Bohemians at the age of 18. He has played over 20,000 minutes for the West Midlands club, including 6,000 minutes in the English top flight. Doherty can play either side of the pitch at fullback, but as we know he is predominantly a right fullback. He is expected to slot into Jose Mourinho’s system well as his attacking ability is excellent.
Doherty helps out Spurs not just on the pitch, but on the all-important homegrown list. By adding both Doherty and recent signing Joe Hart, that puts Spurs at six homegrown players. Of course, this doesn’t include Cameron Carter-Vickers or Danny Rose, neither of whom are expected to make the final squad come registration time.
The move almost certainly spells the end of Serge Aurier’s tenure at the club, though the question remains if Spurs will look to purchase a second fullback or use Gedson Fernandes and Japhet Tanganga in the rotation. Only time will tell, but for now, it looks like the Irish International will get ample playing time in the starting XI.
Dust off your gifs and welcome Matt Doherty to Tottenham Hotspur!