England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.
For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.
Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.
He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.
For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.
Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.
With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.
If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.