A commentator has speculated on which right back from Tottenham Hotspur may go in the next January transfer window.
Right now, Antonio Conte has a trio of players to choose from at the right wing-back position. They are all at his disposal: Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal, and Djed Spence. Emerson has started 11 Premier League games so far this season, while Doherty has started 3 and summer signing Spence has started 0 for the league.
Emerson has seen the most time at the position, although his value is still questioned. As a result, Spurs may look for a new right back in 2023.
Bringing in a new person to fill the role would be consistent with their recent practise of doing so often. In 2020, Wolves brought in Doherty, in 2021, Barcelona brought in Emerson, and in 2022, Middlesbrough brought in Spence (through a loan to Nottingham Forest).
Historically, Conte has favoured wing backs for his fluid 3-4-3 formation. Because of this, while he is still in control of Spurs, the job may see greater turnover than usual.
It’s unrealistic to keep all three current right backs if a fourth is brought in. Therefore, Tottenham may need to decide which among them they are ready to let go.
Noel Whelan, a commentator for Football Insider, has speculated that Doherty, one of the team’s key players, may be the one to leave for good.
Whelan said, “I believe Doherty is the obvious option to depart.
He hasn’t exactly strung together a successful run. Only sometimes has he had a good game.
“Conte’s biggest weakness has always been in the outside back positions. Nothing he’s tried there has ever satisfied him.
On the left side of his defence, he has [Ivan] Perisic and [Ryan] Sessegnon, who are emerging as long-term answers for Spurs.
Tottenham does not consider Matt Doherty to be “good enough.”
This is a problem, but just on the right side. Neither Doherty nor Royal has performed adequately.
Even more worrisome is the fact that they forked out a substantial sum to acquire Djed Spence, who is now sitting on the bench.
Something has to give, but it doesn’t surprise me that they want to bring in another one.
“They’ll be trying very hard in January to get rid of someone for good,” the source said.
Doherty will be 31 in January, and he is currently signed with Tottenham until June of 2024. As a result, it might make sense for the Spurs to trade him next year, before his contract expires completely and his value, which is already declining, drops much more.
He had a better run at Wolves before joining Tottenham. If Tottenham were to release him this winter, he would likely go somewhere else, but where exactly is out in the air.
The year before last, there was talk that he may return to Wolves.
Doherty may need to reevaluate his professional options at this juncture.
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