Japhet Tanganga has been used as a swiss-army-defender in the past but he has now revealed the position he would like to continue to focus on at Tottenham.
Under Jose Mourinho, Japhet Tanganga emerged as an extremely promising young talent. After bursting onto the scene in his full debut against Liverpool amidst their title-winning form, he immediately became a fan favourite.
Since then, injuries have limited his progress but Tanganga is back after his latest ankle problem and ready to knuckle down for pre-season.
He initially broke into the first team as a centre back but has performed well across the backline at right-back and occasionally, less naturally, at left-back. In fact, Jose stated last season that he sees the youngster as a full-back moving forward.
Whilst Tanganga is an undoubtedly versatile player, he told Alastair Gold in a recent interview, “For me, going into my second full season, I’d like to cement one position”.
It seems he is always happy to play wherever he is required, however, he did admit: “I’ve grown up playing at centre-back and that’s probably my favourite position, but it’s the same as it was under the old gaffer, if he wanted to play me at right-back I was never going to say no.”
Japhet is a great young talent with significant potential. I have always felt that centre back was where he was strongest, however, we have had real weakness in defence and therefore need cover and to experiment.
Hopefully, this season will bring him lots of minutes with the Conference League certainly helping his cause.