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Nuno Santo says Japhet Tanganga was 'huge' for Spurs against Man City

Spurs saw off Manchester City on the opening weekend of Premier League action, and Nuno Santo was suitably impressed with young defender, Japhet Tanganga.

The young defender was thrust into the action by Santo, despite talks that he might end up being sent out on loan before the summer window is over.

Tanganga dealt admirably with the threats from City players throughout. A number of crunching tackles also got the Spurs crowd whipped up.

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And speaking following the game, Spurs boss Santo singled Tanganga out for special praise.

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“All the team did very well but Japhet was huge today. He faced too many one-v-ones today against fantastic players and he dealt fantastic with the situation,” Santo told Football.London.

Tanganga was deployed at right back in a back four. With Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez inside him, the youngster looked assured throughout.

If his performance yesterday was anything to go by, then Spurs will be seriously considering keeping Tanganga around, rather than that aforementioned loan spell.

Tanganga leads the way for Spurs

The defender’s performance yesterday was almost a bit of a throwback to performances of days gone by. It was no-nonsense, hard-hitting, and what some would call ‘proper defending’.

Yet because he is a modern defender, he was still able to use the ball well.

All in all, it was a tremendous start by Tanganga and Spurs. They had energy, drive, and desire to win against a top side. As far as starts go, they don’t come much better really.

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