Former Spur admits he has been left impressed by academy product

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown has revealed that he has been impressed with Japhet Tanganga’s transition to first team football.

The Spur academy product was handed his Premier League debut by Jose Mourinho for the visit of champions-elect Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in January and caught the eye in his first outing in the top flight.

Tanganga lined up on the right of a back-three alongside Davinson Sanchez and captain Toby Alderweireld against the Reds, with Serge Aurier and Danny Rose as wing-backs. He showed his versatility by switching to the left of the three halfway through the second half.

Since the 1-0 defeat, Mourinho has kept his faith in the 20-year-old, who has played in each position across the back four.

Brown has claimed that the best from Tanganga may still be yet to come when he plays in a Spurs side who are back to full strength following the injury issues which the club have suffered in recent months.

Brown told Football Insider: “It’s always great for the Tottenham supporters when you see a new talent.

“I think what’s impressed, Tanganga, he’s gone in at right-back, he’s played at centre-back and left-back which is a real blessing, that he can cover many, many positions.

“Hopefully he can get stronger and stronger, it will help when obviously the side are doing better, he’s going to look better as well so a few of the players coming back is really going to help Spurs.

“They’re really suffering with injuries at the moment but with regards to Tanganga, he’s done well but maybe in a Spurs side who were a touch better, we might see him improving even more.”

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