Matt Doherty ready to kickstart Tottenham career under Nuno Espirito Santo

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Matt Doherty is hoping to reignite his Tottenham career now his former boss at Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo, is in charge at Spurs.

Doherty joined Spurs last summer from Wolves, but he struggled to perform during his first season in north London.

The right-back had to contend with catching Covid-19 and his form dipped after that too as he was in and out of the team.

But the Ireland international is hoping he can hit the ground running under new boss Nuno, who he worked with at Wolves.

“I’ve said over the years that I’ve nothing but praise for Nuno, he’s a world-class coach and his backroom staff are world-class as well, and I maintain that, that doesn’t change and we’re very fortunate to have him here,” said Doherty.

“We had a good relationship at Wolves. He had an immediate impact, winning the league (Championship) with 99 points in the first season and then going back-to-back seventh-place finishes and getting into Europe.

“He’s had nothing but success so far in England and with the set-up, facilities and quality of player we have here, I’m sure it will be successful for him.

“Look, I want to play as many games as I can, and I want to contribute in a positive way as much as I can.

“Obviously, I didn’t feel like I gave my best foot forward last season for different reasons, but I feel positive I can get a full pre-season under my belt and see what I can do and where we can take this season.”

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Speaking about his first season at Spurs, Doherty told Tottenham’s official website: “I was in the team and then I had COVID and came out, and struggled to get back in.

“I had a little loss of form at times and struggled to regain that as well, just little things weren’t going my way.

“But look, I maintained my work ethic, I probably worked harder last year than I may ever have done before, I just wasn’t able to emulate that work on the pitch when I did get the opportunity. I under-performed, I realise that.

“But look, I’m trying to get back into pre-season, get my form, my fitness and confidence going, and be ready for the first game of the season.”

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