This time last year, Matt Doherty was one of the first names on the team sheet for a Wolverhampton Wanderers side preparing to take on the Europa League knock-out stages for the first time.
12 months on, he can’t buy a start for a Tottenham Hotspur side slipping down the table at a rate of knots.
And, according to ESPN, the Irishman’s future in north London is up in the air already.
Apparently, Jose Mourinho has reservations about the £15 million man, who has often fallen behind Serge Aurier and Japhet Tanganga since the turn of the year.
So you’d be right in thinking Doherty has failed to live up to expectations at Spurs.
The Dublin-born 29-year-old looked one of the bargains of the summer when he swapped Molineux for Mourinho in August but his performances in the capital, compared with his final two seasons in Old Gold, are like night and day.
Then again, was it that much of a surprise? At Wolves, Doherty was more of an attacker than a defender, a rampaging wing-back given licence to roam forward at will. Mourinho, however, has often fielded him in a back four, Doherty’s strengths diluted in a more restrictive role.
In 22 games this term, he has produced two assists and zero goals. In 2019/20, his overall tally stood at five assists and seven goals.
But how do Wolves fans feel about re-signing a man who played a key role in the club’s rise from the Championship to the latter stages of continental competition?
With one of Europe’s most ambitious clubs heading in the wrong direction for the first time during the Nuno era, and with Nelson Semedo hardly setting the world alight since arriving from Barcelona, many at Molineux would welcome Doherty back with open arms.
Here’s how some fans reacted to the news on Twitter: