Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has clarified where he sees young defender Japhet Tanganga playing in the future, amid Toby Alderweireld’s injury.
Tanganga has been tipped by some to step in for the injured Belgian in the coming weeks. After coming into the first XI last season, there is high expecation around the club when it comes to Tanganga.
But despite his ability to play across the defence, Mourinho has told the press today that he sees Tanganga as a full-back, rather than someone who can step in for Alderweireld it seems.
“Tanganga for me is a full-back. A multi-functional defensive player but firstly a full-back,” Mourinho said ahead of the clash with Ludogrets this week. (Football.London)
The youngster has made 12 appearances for Tottenham so far in his young career. Strangely, he has played at centre-back more often than not despite Mourinho’s claims today.
Mourinho, too, explained he will use Davinson Sanchez this week while he will then choose between Sanchez and Joe Rodon for the weekend crunch tie with Chelsea.
Interesting development but a good problem for Mourinho – TBR View
This is very interesting to hear from the Spurs boss given most people would just assume Tanganga is a central defender and nothing more.
He’s clearly developing well under the Tottenham boss and being able to now seemingly slot into a new position or two gives Mourinho a headache the he’ll welcome.
Hopefully, Tanganga can get some more games under his belt in the coming months and continue to continue his upward trend into being a quality Premier League defender.