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How good is Tanganga, Spurs’ latest star?

Japhet Tanganga made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, before following it up with another start against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho threw him in at the deep end against a Liverpool side boasting Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

But what exactly does Tanganga offer and who is he?

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Well, the central defender has been in and around the first-team since Mauricio Pochettino was in charge in north London.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the embarrassing EFL Cup defeat to Colchester United and has been a regular for the U23s, making 46 appearances, while also playing 21 times for the U18s and 11 for the U19s in the UEFA Youth League, even scoring twice, with one of those goals coming against Real Madrid.

It is easy to fall into a familiar trap of describing the young defender as being quick and powerful but manager Mourinho claimed that he played him versus the Reds due to his speed.

He told Sky Sports, via Goal: “That’s Tottenham. He’s a good kid, working hard for years with a good pre-season from what we watched and analysed.

“[He has been] working hard to have a chance and this is Tottenham, it’s a great chance for him.

“He’s fast, he’s very fast. We think we need fast people when you play against Salah, Mane and people who are fantastic attacking spaces behind.

“We need speed, so maybe we use inexperienced [players], of course, we have more experienced players than him, but he’s fast.”

Tanganga joined the club at the age of 10 and first started to make his breakthrough on the summer tour of 2019, playing Juventus, a game in which he marked Cristiano Ronaldo, and Manchester United.

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Tall and with an impressive jumping reach, Tanganga has become known in the academy for his superb heading ability at both ends of the pitch and has been a fixture for England youth teams, too.

He has been capped from U16 to U20 level, winning a total of 33 caps for the various sides.

An impressively assured performance against the Reds led to another chance,  and will now be out to make a spot in Mourinho’s defence his own.

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