Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly willing to let defender Japhet Tanganga leave on loan in the January transfer window, and Celtic have got to consider a move to add cover to the heart of Neil Lennon’s defence.
The Evening Standard have claimed that Spurs are willing to let 20-year-old defender Tanganga leave on loan despite the highly-rated England Under-20 international making his senior debut for the club this term.
Tanganga played 66 minutes of Spurs’ penalty-shootout defeat to Colchester United under Mauricio Pochettino. But the player has enormous competition ahead of him, preventing him from featuring more regularly.
Toby Alderweireld seems much more passionate about Spurs since Jose Mourinho arrived, while Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez are all considered first choice. Tanganga has zero chance of breaking into the Spurs side.
So, should Celtic consider a move? The Scottish champions certainly need a new central defender, to add cover. Kris Ajer and Christopher Jullien remain first choice for Lennon’s men, while The Hoops do have other options.
Indeed, Jack Hendry, Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton are providing the cover. But Hendry is likely to leave, Simunovic is still on the sidelines underoging rehab following a knee operation and Bitton is naturally a midfielder.
The Hoops desperately need cover, so surely it makes sense for the Scottish champions to bring in a new central defender. Tanganga has shown for Spurs’ reserve side that he has enormous quality, and that he can play at Celtic’s level.
Tanganga also deeply impressed for Spurs during pre-season, starting against Juventus and Manchester United and making substitute appearances against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Inter Milan – as Spurs won the Audi Cup.
The England youth international just needs a run at senior level and experience, and it will see him shine. Lennon should consider a loan move for Tanganga, and give him the platform to go on and shine.