Japhet Tanganga will remain at Tottenham Hotspur for pre-season, the centre-back’s agent Roberto De Fanti has confirmed.
Since breaking into Tottenham’s first team back in 2020, Tanganga has endured a series of injury problems that have prevented him from making the expected impact in North London.
The 23-year-old has shown several glimpses of his quality and his versatility, operating as a right-back, left-back and as a centre-back.
After Antonio Conte took over from Nuno Espirito Santo this season, the Tottenham academy graduate featured on several occasions on the right side of the Italian’s back three.
However, Tanganga suffered a knee injury in February and Spurs subsequently decided that it would be in the defender’s best interest to go under the knife to address the problem so that he would be fit in time for pre-season.
Conte reportedly is eyeing wholesale changes at the back this summer, with Spurs said to be eyeing moves for the likes of Alessandro Bastoni and Gleison Bremer (Telegraph).
However, De Fanti believes that Tanganga is more than capable of getting regular game time under Conte next season.
The defender’s agent told GiveMeSport: “Tanganga played very well before his injury and he is very versatile so can play as part of a back-four, or back-five, and we have seen Conte use both of these formations before.
“I think Tanganga’s first thought needs to be on fully recovering but he will certainly start pre-season with Tottenham Hotspur.
“Given how much he played at the start of the season, it is not guaranteed he will leave this summer, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Conte bring him back into starting contention.
“Of course, every player must accept that when a side is competing on multiple fronts, rotation is inevitable, but getting back to playing regularly would be great for Tanganga because he is a player who wants to feel important to a club, especially if they’re one that is going to be challenging for titles and trophies.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe Tanganga would be a very good backup for Cristian Romero in the right centre-back role as the 23-year-old seems to have all the attributes to thrive in that position. Given the fact that Tanganga is also homegrown, I expect Sanchez to be sold this over him.
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