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‘Talk about end product’ – Athletic reporter shocked Conte isn’t starting Spurs ace

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According to journalist Tim Spiers, Tottenham Hotspur need to utilise right wing-back, Matt Doherty, more this season as current starter Emerson Royal has failed to impress so far, writes the TIF.

The Lilywhites have built a formidable team under Antonio Conte’s vision with the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Betancur, and Yves Bissouma all running out for the team this season.

However, one player who was bought in recently but has not gotten much time on the pitch this season is Doherty, who despite ending last season well before his season-ending injury, has had to sit behind Emerson Royal so far.

The Brazilian has not impressed either since he arrived and Spiers believes Conte needs to bring in Doherty because his crossing ability is far superior to Royal’s and could capitalise on chances greater than Royal.

Spiers told the View from the Lane podcast, “People just going to say oh you’re a Wolves fan and former Wolves reporter Tim because you’re going to say Matt Doherty should be in the team but when you talk about end product and you’re talking about a front five as it is with the ball in the final third with the two wing backs then Emerson Royal’s end product it just isn’t there.

“I mean that header that he had right at the start of the second half from Kane’s excellent cross. I’ve seen Matt Doherty time and again come in at the back post and stick a header in the net. I mean he had 30 goals and assists in two seasons”. (15:38)

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