Matt Doherty didn’t do his chances of playing regularly for Tottenham a world of good with his poor showing in their game against Rennes.
The former Wolves full-back thrived under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo at his former club.
He joined Tottenham last summer and was expected to become an upgrade to Serge Aurier.
However, his inconsistent form especially at the back saw Tottenham return to the Ivorian.
They were forced to sign Emerson Royal in the last transfer window and terminated the contract of Aurier.
Doherty is now facing competition from Emerson and Japhet Tanganga to become the first choice right back at the club.
He is still struggling and would have been delighted when he was given the chance to start the Europa Conference League match.
However, he put in a poor performance and former Leeds star, Noel Whelan said he didn’t take his chance.
“You look for a really good performance when you get that chance,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“You need to really push the players in front of you if you want to be given a chance in the Premier League.
“It wasn’t a great performance against Rennes and that’s being kind. He wasn’t at it. Nuno was looking for him to step up and to get forward as well as perform at the back.
“It certainly wasn’t his finest performance. It’s still early in the season and he is really struggling for game time.
“Maybe that’s what it’s down to. Sometimes it takes five or six games to get those fitness levels back in a new season. He just isn’t getting that.“