Tottenham youngster Japhet Tanganga has enjoyed a great start to 2020.
The club has activated a clause in the defender’s contract to extend his stay in North London by a further year, as it was due to expire at the end of the season.
The Athletic also suggest that a long-term contract is being prepared for the 20-year-old, and if he continues to build on his first few appearances then he could be the next successful product of the academy, following in the footsteps of Harry Winks and Harry Kane.
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Tottenham fans have been reacting to the news and it is fair to say the majority are pleased with the development.
That indicates that they have been impressed with what Tanganga has shown so far – achieving a WhoScored rating of 7.38 against table-toppers Liverpool, the highest of any Spurs player.
— James Fogarty (@JamesFogarty83) January 16, 2020
Foolish not to, the lads got massive talent. #COYS
— Steve Stagg (@SteveStagg8) January 16, 2020
chop chop get on with it, hes quality and one of our own #coys
— MBTrading (@MBdaytrading) January 16, 2020
Only 2021? This kid is the next Ledley King. Don’t screw up Levy
— Archie (@Archie_Tashjian) January 16, 2020
— Paul Hajek (@PaulHajek) January 16, 2020
That is certainly an impressive start, particularly as he is a natural centre-back yet featured at full-back, hinting that he could perhaps be the long-term answer at right-back.
After all, Serge Aurier has attracted criticism this term and Jose Mourinho’s side has looked vulnerable at the back with 31 goals conceded in 22 league games.
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An extended deal may be what he deserves but he will now have to prove himself on a consistent basis, with some supporters raising concerns that he has not played in enough games to warrant a long-term stay at the Tottenham Stadium.
Um. Relax. He’s played 4 games.
— Reuben Chippeck (@ChippeckReuben) January 16, 2020
Plays good in 2 games. Earns a new contract. It really is that easy goo lad though
— LAX (@LAXbeastYouTube) January 16, 2020
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