Roy Keane went after former Wolves defender Matt Doherty as he delivered a withering assessment of the right-back’s current club.
Doherty joined Tottenham for £15m last summer and has made 23 appearances this season.
Speaking before Spurs took on Burnley on Sunday, Keane became embroiled in a heated disussion with Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports after Redknapp said Tottenham had a squad packed full of internationals.
“Playing for your country doesn’t make you a top player,” the ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder said on Sky Sports, as reported by the Irish Independent. “If you can trap the ball you can play for your country these days…
“If you don’t play for your country these days you are a bad player. It doesn’t guarantee anything.
“Which one of this Tottenham team now would get into Liverpool, Manchester City or the Chelsea team? You wouldn’t touch any of them. Son and Kane – outstanding – but the rest of them you wouldn’t touch.”
“Doherty’s playing for Wolves who the last year have done well and they’re expecting to compete. They sell him to Spurs for £15m.
“Does anyone really think Doherty is going to turn Spurs into a top-four team? Doherty? Doherty? Really?
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“I expect them to be in the top seven or eight but the idea that Spurs automatically should be in the top four, if you analyse the players…they say (Jose Mourinho) is chopping and changing but he’s chopping and changing for a reason – he can’t trust them.
“We talk about (Gareth) Bale and Bale came on last week and made a difference. What did he do? He put in a corner. He’s come in to do big things and get them back in the top four but he can’t get in the team.
“I’m sick of talking about Dele Alli. What do we think is going to happen with this kid? We look at stats from three years ago. He’s lost the hunger. He’s lost the eye of the tiger. He’s not going to get Tottenham back to the top four.”