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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praises Japhet Tanganga after Middlesbrough win
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praises Japhet Tanganga after Middlesbrough win

Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on young Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga after his man of the match performance in last night’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

Spurs reached the FA Cup fourth round, where they will travel to Southampton, thanks to goals from Argentine duo Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela, and Tanganga caught Mourinho’s eye.

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Speaking to TalkSport, he said: “I didn’t make him. I think I just help him to reach maybe a different level of knowledge. I think the fact that he can also be a right back is a little bit more ‘mine’.

“But I think credit for him, credit for everybody who work with him and credit to his people, to his entourage, he is one of these kids who is just focused on work, work, work. Being patient, waiting for his right opportunity, when he needed to do extra work with us, he does it. He doesn’t speak much but I knew he would be ready for the challenge.”

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TBR’s View – Tanganga showing hallmarks of a Mourinho player

It is telling that Mourinho made mention of Tanganga’s professionalism, mentality and focus.

He seems to be increasingly frustrated by young players and their inability to knuckle down in the modern era.

But Tanganga is showing the hallmarks of a player with the drive Mourinho looks for, as well as the humility, pace and quality needed to shine at Spurs.

It’s clear that Spurs need a defensive refresh, and Tanganga, along with Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez should be at the very heart of that.

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