Japhet Tanganga opens up on impact of working with Ledley King and Jan Vertonghen

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Japhet Tanganga back from injury last month after the youngster missed the start of the new Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho handed Tanganga his full Premier League debut in early 2020 when the Lilywhites came up against Liverpool, with the central defender coping well with the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

Since returning to first-team action, Tanganga has made two appearances in the Europa League, although he has yet to return to Premier League football.

Despite the young Englishman coming through the Spurs academy ranks as a central defender, Mourinho revealed last month in a press conference that he now sees Tanganga as more of a full-back (Football London).

Tanganga was used as a utility player last season throughout his breakthrough campaign, playing at centre-back, right-back, and left-back.

The academy graduate spoke today about the influence that Ledley King and Jan Vertonghen have had on his game over the past 12 months.

On King, Tanganga said (Football London): “It’s helped a lot. Whether it’s before or after the game. He’s been in the game a long time and we can use his mind, his intelligence. It’s a tool we can use to improve ourselves.”

On playing at full-back, he added: “I haven’t found it too hard, to be honest. I think you take a lot of the skills from being a centre-back. It’s about asking people, watching other people’s clips and seeing what they do.”

Charlie Eccleshare also revealed that Tanganga claimed Jan Vertonghen showed him some of the differences between centre-back and full-back last season.

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