Opinion: In focus – Japhet Tanganga – Tottenham’s new defensive gem

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Tottenham Hotspur appear to have their latest academy gem coming through the ranks into the first team in the form of central defender Japhet Tanganga.

Tanganga becomes the first player to make this leap since Oliver Skipp, although the centre-back is the first in a long time to actually earn starts.

The Englishman was thrown in at the deep end against Liverpool as Jose Mourinho wanted pace either side Alderweireld with Tanganga and Sanchez.

However, he impressed so much that he was included in the next starting line up at home to Middlesbrough, this time playing right-back.

Against Liverpool, he was quick into the tackle on Sadio Mane, not letting the forward turn on the ball for a second. He played him off the park. He then moved to left-back and kept Mo Salah quiet for the final 20 minutes.

Last night, he was out of position at right-back and still earned the man of the match award, not only for his defensive solidity but for his pace and prowess upfront. He was actually unlucky not to pick up a goal or assist on the night.

Strength. Lightning pace. Power, Aerial ability. Mature defending style. Can play left-back, right-back, and centre-back. Has an eye for a cross. Has loads of energy and good fitness. Japhet Tanganga is the new gem of the academy!

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  1. His only blip last night as last man for their goal he did not get a block on the shot. He was easily turned however he showed for a twenty yr old great power pace and touch and was always looking to go forward. Very impressed with him in pre season and that view has not changed. Well done young man

  2. Am really impressed with this young player but left wondering why it’s taken so long for us to start playing Tanganga, particularly when he did so well pre season? He looks solid, powerful and more importantly adaptable. I think he could very well be the next Ledley King in terms of potential and ability, and surely now must be seen as key to Tottenhams football aspirations from here on in


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