At times this season for Spurs, there hasn’t exactly been a lot to shout about for the faithful supporters around the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham sacked Pochettino back in November and have failed to come up with anything close to resembling consistent form since the start of the season.
It has been a real fall from grace since that infamous Champions League Final match last year, a lot of which has centered around a woeful defence in North London.
However, one unlikely figure who has come in and drastically improved the back line is 20-year-old academy graduate Japhet Tanganga.
The youngster has still only played a handful of matches, but has been trusted by Mourinho to play at centre-back, left-back, and right-back, sometimes switching mid-game.
He was even tasked with marking Mo Salah and Sadio Mane against Liverpool and is arguably yet to have a poor game in a Lilywhite shirt.
Ex-Tottenham keeper, Paul Robinson, believes that the defender should be rewarded with a new contract and a wage rise, with reports he is only earning £1,000 per week (Daily Mail).
On whether Tanganga should get a new contract, he said (Football Insider): “Definitely, he’s been very good.
“The problems that they [Spurs] have had defensively – at right-back Serge Aurier hasn’t been great this year, at left-back Ben Davies has been injured and Danny Rose has been allowed to leave. Vertonghen, I think he is a centre-half, not a left-back.
“For Tanganga to come in at such a young age, at 20 years old – I think he’s made seven appearances now – for him to play with the calmness and the comfort that he has, it says a lot about him.
“Financially, he should be rewarded as are the players he’s playing with. He’s playing week in, week out at the moment in the Premier League, he’s in the squad every week and he should be paid accordingly as a Premier League footballer, which he is now.”
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