Eyebrows were raised when Wolverhampton Wanderers sold Matt Doherty last summer.

The Republic of Ireland international was a key player last season, and had been a fantastic servant for the club.

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Matt Doherty (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

He really made that right wing-back role his own, and therefore many criticised his reported £15 million departure (BBC Sport).

Wolves clearly felt comfortable letting him go though, and his replacement Nelson Semedo is starting prove himself at Molineux as an upgrade.

From the outside looking in, the move just has not worked out for Doherty.

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The 29-year-old has struggled to operate as a traditional right-back, with Serge Aurier having been more favoured.

 

According to a report from The Athletic in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking yesterday, it seems like things have been tough for Doherty behind the scenes.

It claims that Mourinho shattered his and other players’ confidence with the way he would criticise him/them.

Doherty must regret Wolves exit

There won’t be much sympathy from Wolves fans, many of whom are feeling more confident in the quality of Doherty’s replacement Semedo.

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Matt Doherty (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

It really has been a nightmare first season for the £65,000-a-week player (Spotrac), who has looked totally out of sorts.

Perhaps he wishes he never moved from a club where he was adored and from a system he flourished in.

With Mourinho now gone though, he will hope to instigate a turnaround.

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