Japhet Tanganga insists he has not been bothered by playing regularly at Tottenham Hotspur after a breakthrough month at the club, per their official website.
Tanganga made his Premier League debut against Liverpool on January 11th and has since played against Watford and Manchester City in the top-flight, while also featuring against Middlesbrough and Southampton, twice due to a replay, in the FA Cup.
And he says that, despite being parachuted into the starting XI, he has not been at all overawed by suddenly playing regularly for the club he has been with since the age of 10.
He said: “At times it’s been different to what I expected because I thought maybe if I was playing on this stage I would have got nervous but I feel like I’ve been really calm.
“I haven’t been fazed by the opponents or the circumstances, I feel like I know what my game is, I know why the manager has put me in, he’s shown trust in me and he knows what I’m capable of doing so it’s just about sticking to my game.
“I feel like all the work I’ve been doing, it’s all for this moment right now and it’s just been great.”
Tanganga has been absolutely brilliant since his debut.
Per WhoScored, he has averaged a rating in the league of 7.44.
He has, of course, played just three games in the top-flight but his record makes him the second-highest rated player in the squad – only Steven Bergwijn, who scored on his debut against Manchester City – has a higher rating.
Not only that, but he has also played at left-back, right-back and at centre-back under the management of Mourinho.
A poised, athletic defender with genuinely superb pace and excellent positional awareness, Tanganga looks like he has been playing in the top-flight for years.
Add into that his superb mentality that is on show in this interview and one has to feel that he is set to become a star at Spurs.