Report reveals Conte’s opinion of Japhet Tanganga amid Spurs exit rumours

Japhet Tanganga
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According to The Express, Antonio Conte and the Tottenham hierarchy now have a decision to make on the future of defender Japhet Tanganga, as a number of clubs are ready to swoop.

Tanganga burst onto the scene during Jose Mourinho’s tenure in North London. The 23-year-old was handed his Premier League debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool, where despite the result, he impressed with his aggressive handling of Sadio Mane.

However, the defender’s development has been halted by a number of injury issues, meaning he has only made just 43 appearances since his debut in January 2020 (TransferMarkt).

Spurs’ loan acquisition of Clement Lenglet may provide another barrier in Tanganga’s pursuit of first-team football for the upcoming season and Football.London understand that both AC Milan and Bournemouth have registered an interest in the Spurs academy product.

The Athletic report that Serie A champions Milan would be willing to sanction a permanent move for Tanganga, should they agree with Spurs’ valuation of the player.

Whilst newly-promoted Bournemouth are willing to take the London-born defender on loan (Express).

With Tanganga currently part of Antonio Conte’s pre-season squad in South Korea, The Express claim that the Italian coach will make a decision on the player’s future in the coming weeks.

It is said that Conte holds Tanganga ‘in high regard’ but Tottenham’s options in defence are now ‘stacked’ – adding that Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon could also depart.

Spurs Web Opinion

I see Conte’s back three consisting of Romero, Dier, and either Davies or Lenglet. Meaning Tanganga’s game time is likely to be to remain limited. I’d prefer a loan move to Bournemouth to provide Japhet with further Premier League experience and to see how he copes as a starter.

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