Young Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga has told the club’s official website he doesn’t mind playing left back for the good of the team.
Tanganga says that playing the new, unfamiliar role is all part of the learning process which he has undertaken since Jose Mourinho took over at the club.
He said: “It’s been great, being able to play at this high level, but it’s also been very testing physically and mentally. I hadn’t played left-back much before but, these last few games that I’ve played have really helped my development, just understanding everything positioning-wise.
“I’m there to work, to do what the manager needs me to do and, to be honest, I’ll play anywhere. I’m happy to do the work for the team. This month has been a learning curve, but it’s been really good. There’s not a moment in the game where you can switch off. That’s a difference from where I’ve gone from Under-23s football to first team football.”
TBR’s View – Could Tanganga fill left back role for a bit longer?
Mourinho’s plan for his first game in charge was Ben Davies tucking in to fill a hybrid role of central defender and left back with Serge Aurier bombing on on the other side.
Davies’ injury has put paid to that but Tanganga’s experience at centre half and his taste of life at left back may mean that’s a more realistic route into the side long term.
Mourinho will manage Tanganga’s development carefully, but there’s the potential for him to nail down that role – even though it’s not one he has huge experience of.