Jose Mourinho will be frustrated that his Tottenham Hotspur side conceded a late goal to let their lead slip against Southampton on Saturday. The 1-1 draw with the Saints in the FA Cup will enforce a replay. It was a tough game for the north London club, but they came so close to victory until Sofiane Boufal popped up to level the score in the 87th minute.
Despite this disappointment, there are some positives for Mourinho to take from the game. Giovani Lo Celso once again shone for Spurs. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga stood out at left-back. Despite naturally being a centre-back, the young academy graduate looked comfortable playing out wide. He caught the eye throughout with his composure and impressive positioning. The England under-20 international plays with maturity beyond his years. His recent emergence must be seen as a real bonus for Mourinho.
Following the end of the FA Cup clash, plenty of Tottenham fans took to Twitter to hail the young defender’s display.
Big mention to Tanganga.
What a player. He is going to be a regular for years.
— Richard Savva (@SpursSavva) January 25, 2020
1- Lo Celso has officially arrived to replace the Great Dane, Chris something….
2- Tanganga continues to solve some of our defensive weaknesses
3- Every time we think Aurier turned a corner, he does something to disappoint us
4- I keep saying it: DM, RB, LB, STK
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) January 25, 2020
I’ve been saying it for over a year, and I’ll keep saying it.
Our defence isn’t going to improve with Aurier & Sanchez.
Thank god Tanganga has burst onto the scene.
We’re desperately needing another 1 or 2 back there though.
— Paul 🇮🇪🏴 (@itstartedin1882) January 25, 2020
Tanganga just another example to any youngster trying to get into that first team if you put your body on line and show you care and have passion for the badge and willingness to succeed and play and put the hard work in then you will make it! #THFC 💙 🌟 pic.twitter.com/B26CWChpFh
— Ross Norsworthy (@rossnorsworthy1) January 25, 2020
Giovanni Lo Celso man of the match again for me but also a massive credit to tanganga, out of position again but did brilliantly
— Musa 🇵🇹 (@Musathfc28) January 25, 2020
And Tanganga had a good game against an in form team at his worst possible position
— Ben🤑 (Lo Celso Propaganda) (@MolesBen) January 25, 2020