Former England international Chris Waddle has tipped Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty to succeed at a top-six club in the Premier League.
Wolves have enjoyed a superb campaign after being promoted from the Championship last season and going into their final fixture – an away trip to face Liverpool – they have already secured a seventh-place finish.
Republic of Ireland defender Doherty has been a revelation for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in all competitions, as well as featuring in all 37 of the Midlands outfit’s Premier League fixtures.
During his recent appearance on our weekly Podcast, we asked Waddle if he thought the 27-year-old would thrive at a top-six club side, to which replied ‘definitely’ although the former Spurs and Marseille winger did highlight that Doherty would probably have to play in a different role if he were to leave Molineux.
In all competitions this season:
Matt Doherty – 8 goals + 8 assists = 16 goal contributions
Paulo Dybala – 10 goals + 4 assists = 14 goal contributions
Anthony Martial – 12 goals + 2 assists = 14 goal contributions
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”Yeah definitely,” Waddle told The Football Faithful.
”To be honest though I’ve never really seen him play as a full back, I’ve watched him a lot as a wing back and he does that job brilliantly. I’m sure he’d be able to play right-back in four.
”Because you have to think a lot of teams play in a four. Yeah, some teams juggle the odd game and think we’re playing a better team we’re going to play three at the back. But Wolves play that three all the time so he’s been allowed to get the best out of him. The manager thinks I want him to get to that far post, I want him to get in their half, he can deliver, he can score a goal.
”But if he goes to a Man City he’ll be playing as a right back and if he went to Liverpool he’d be playing as a full back, even though they do get forward a lot. It would be interesting to see him play in a four, I’ve never really seen him play in four.”