Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho appears to have something of a gem on his hands in the form of young Japhet Tanganga.
The Portuguese turned heads this weekend as he named the 20-year-old in his starting lineup to face runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, a decision that was vindicated by a very mature performance from the youngster.
Spurs may have lost the game, but Tanganga could hold his head high after the final whistle.
He dealt with Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane admirably, and couldn’t be blamed for the Brazilian’s world-class winner.
It was a refreshing display from the Hackney-born starlet, who must be hoping he did enough to retain his place for the next game against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Given the level of defending that’s been on show from Spurs this season, Mourinho surely has to consider sticking with Tanganga.
TBR’s view – Tanganga deserves a chance
Spurs have been crying out for fresh impetus in their defence this season and Tanganga could well provide that after his fantastic showing against Liverpool.
He’s proved he has the talent to mix it in the Premier League, and so should be given a run of games by Mourinho.
Toby Alderweireld’s form this term has been a major concern, and Jan Vertonghen’s usually high standards have also slipped.
The Belgian pair’s powers appear to be waning, which is reflected in the club’s poor defensive record in 2019/20, and the exciting Tanganga should replace one of them.