Opinion: How Jose Mourinho should solve his Tottenham right-back problem

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has somewhat of a problem at right-back in North London, with both Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty landing themselves in trouble in recent weeks.

It is no secret that Mourinho has forged his managerial career on the basis of a strong defence above all else, often sacrificing the attack for such a luxury.

Therefore, the Special One was always going to demand defensive perfection from whatever right-back he chose to place his faith in at Tottenham.

Until a few weeks ago, it seemed as if Mourinho had done the impossible and trained Aurier to defend consistently without diving in or suffering from a lapse in concentration.

Unfortunately, the Ivorian slipped into his old ways against Leicester when he gave away a penalty from nothing on the stroke of half-time, arguably costing his side the game.

Matt Doherty was subsequently redrafted into the starting XI, only to pick up two yellows when the match was already won against Leeds United at the weekend.

With Doherty now banned, Aurier could come back into the side against Brentford tomorrow night. However, there is another option open to Mourinho… Japhet Tanganga.

The youngster has played at right-back before and, due to his central defence background, would certainly put defence above attack in his performances. Not only that but he definitely has the pace and strength to get up and down that right-hand side.

Could Tanganga be the perfect blend that Mourinho is looking for? I think so.

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  1. Would be interesting if tanganga plays right back. Hope airier doesn’t play. Might give away a penalty and make us lose against a championship side.

  2. Playing Tanganga at right back is a terrible idea, we saw him play there before and the role just doesn’t suit him at all, Aurier is far and above Tottenham’s best option.


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