Alan Hutton has admitted that he feels for Japhet Tanganga after his sending off against Crystal Palace and backed the defender to have a successful career at Tottenham.
Tanganga started the season in fine form, impressing at right-back in Tottenham’s first three games of the season as the Lilywhites registered three consecutive 1-0 wins.
With Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero unavailable for the clash against Palace, Nuno Espirito Santo moved Tanganga to centre-back to partner Eric Dier, with new signing, Emerson Royal slotting in at right-back.
While Tanganga put in a decent showing for an hour despite seeing his central defensive partner, Dier, go off injured just after the ten-minute mark, the youngster had a few minutes of madness in the second half that saw him receive his marching orders.
Just a minute after an altercation with Wilfried Zaha that saw both players cautioned, the defender lunged in and caught Jordon Ayew for his second yellow.
The Eagles took full advantage of their numerical superiority as they put three past Tottenham.
Hutton claimed that Tanganga had a rush of blood to his head and insisted Tottenham’s senior stars should have calmed the youngster down.
The former Spurs right-back told Football Insider: “Romero and Sanchez won’t be there – so Nuno is probably forced to include Tanganga (against Rennes) despite the red card.
“I really like him as a player – what happened the other day was just a rush of blood.
“I was actually expecting one of the older heads to go over and calm him down.
“I’ve been there myself, five minutes where the red mist just comes down. He gets into an argument, then he lets fly into a tackle.
“Someone like Hojbjerg just had to put their arm around him, calm him down, and prevent that from happening.
“I do feel for him, but he’ll learn from it. He will go on and have a great career at Tottenham.”
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Tanganga appears to be a kid with a level head on his shoulders. So, one would expect him to learn from the mistake he made on Saturday.
I expect the 22-year-old to come straight back into the side after serving his suspension as he has started the campaign in fantastic form and looked solid at Selhurst Park before his altercation with Zaha.
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