Mourinho reveals that he no longer sees Japhet Tanganga as a natural centre-back

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho has now revealed that he sees academy graduate, Japhet Tanganga as more of a right-back than a central defender.

Tanganga burst onto the scene last campaign during pre-season, before breaking into the first team under both Pochettino and Mourinho.

He made his senior debut in 2019 during an EFL Cup match against Colchester United, before going on to make 11 first-team appearances that season (Wikipedia).

However, the young Englishman has only made one appearance so far this season as he has suffered from two injury spells at the start of the campaign.

TransferMarkt claim that Tanganga has suffered from three injuries in 2020 alone, all keeping him out for over 25 days.

Now that he is back in training and with Alderweireld out injured, Mourinho was naturally asked about the young man in his press conference today.

However, the Spurs boss revealed that, although he sees Tanganga as a ‘multi-functioning defender’ he is now primarily a right-back.

Mourinho said (Football London): “Tanganga for me is a full-back. A multi-functional defensive player but [firstly] a full-back.”

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