Matt Doherty always believed that he’d make it to the top but it’s only been in recent years that he’s kicked on to the next level.
Second only to Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in terms of chance creation in his position over the past two seasons, Matt Doherty has developed into a crucial player for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Doherty’s career so far
Wolves, who finished in seventh place in the Premier League last season, spent just £75,000 to sign Doherty from Bohemians. It will likely consider it one of the best bits of business the club has ever done.
Bizarrely yet to be nail down a regular place for the Republic of Ireland despite his insistence that he can play at left-back, Doherty credits the change to his diet in recent years as an essential point in his development.
A detailed profile on the Dubliner in The Athletic notes how Doherty ditched microwave meals, fizzy drinks and sweets before committing to a pescatarian diet which saw him lose 7lbs.
And while his recent focus on nutrition and health may be the reason for the meteoric rise of Doherty over the past couple of seasons, his attention to detail – even when it came to the kits that his side would wear – let teammates know that he was destined to succeed.
“He’s very particular about certain, weird things.”
“I’d describe him as eccentric,” former Wolves teammate Carl Ikeme told The Athletic.
“He’s very particular about certain, weird things… I always remember him asking the kit man what kit we’d be wearing for the next week or two in advance. I mean, who even thinks about that? He’s very particular in weird ways; a very dry sense of humour. He’s involved in the banter, but in his own way.
“He cares as well. Absolutely. If something needs saying in the changing room, he’ll say it. Everyone’s different. He doesn’t crave the limelight and he’s not a player who shows excess emotions. But you can see, when he celebrates goals or a result, the passion he’s got in him.”
At 28, Doherty made his 300th appearance for Wolves on the club’s final day of the season which, when you consider their investment, makes the Irishman look quite the bargain.
“It’s been a good £75,000, let me tell you,” added former club and national team manager, Mick McCarthy.
“He’s made himself into a top Premier League footballer. I take my hat off to him.”
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