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EXCLUSIVE Peter Crouch: Jose Mourinho made one of the signings of the season in Matt Doherty


Matt Doherty. Photo: PA

Matt Doherty. Photo: PA

Matt Doherty. Photo: PA

Few big-money signings in football can be described as risk-free, but Tottenham’s move to sign Matt Doherty is an exception to the rule.

That's the verdict of former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, who admits he was surprised that Wolves allowed the Dubliner to join one of their Premier League rivals in a £15m deal that appears to be stunning value for money in the current transfer market.

"Tottenham signing Matt Doherty has to be one of the shrewdest signings of the summer," Crouch told the Sunday World in an exclusive interview at a BT Sport event in London's Soho.

"They have bought a player who is proven at Premier League level over a number of years, he bombs up and down the flank from his full-back role and you can’t see him failing at Spurs.

"When you consider Chelsea paid £50m to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester, that is a lot of money for a full-back and Spurs have signed a player who has proved he is just as good for a third of the price.

“I’m sure Doherty will add to the Spurs team and after all the discussion over who is better between him and Seamus Coleman, it is probably inevitable that the first game of the season is Spurs v Everton.

"I'm a big fan of Seamus Coleman and he has been brilliant for Everton down the years, but you have to say Tottenham did an amazing deal when they got Doherty for the price they did."

Amazon's much-discussed documentary chronicling the last year at Tottenham has served to reinforce some of the long-held stereotypes surrounding a club that has not won the English league title in almost 60 years and not collected a single piece of silverware since 2008.

Behind-the-scenes footage of Jose Mourinho constantly telling his players that ‘good guys don’t win’ are clear attempts to inject a killer instinct in a club that has flirted with the big-time in recent years and failed to get over the finishing line when it matters most.

Crouch is hopeful that could change this season and after Spurs started the campaign in encouraging form, he is hoping they can challenge for the Premier League title this season.

"It is a crazy league and it feels like anyone can beat anyone at the moment," added Crouch .

"I would say Man City and Liverpool aren't as strong as they were and other teams have got stronger. It is definitely something to do with fans not being in the ground, which is causing some strange results and lots of goals.

"The league is up for grabs. Can Tottenham win it? I'm not sure but I think they've got as good a chance as anyone.

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"People have criticised Mourinho a lot, but he is a winner and you wouldn't put it past him winning the title again with Spurs."

BT Sport will screen a host of Premier League games this season, with all matches available to Sky customers in Ireland with a Sports Extra package.

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