Tottenham’s attentions revert back to the cup this week as they get to put their Premier League title charge to one side.
They face Brentford in the League Cup on Tuesday and then face Marine in the FA Cup on Sunday.
This could be a huge week for some of Spurs’ fringe players.
Against Brentford, it’s likely a number of first-teamers will be given the chance still but when they travel to face Marine, it’s expected that a number of second-string players will be given their opportunity.
One such player could be Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian defender has been behind both Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld in the pecking order.
Consequently, he’s only played five times in the Premier League and has primarily been restricted to appearances in the cup competitions.
He played against Stoke from the off and also started against Wolves but was pretty poor in their 1-1 draw, making just one tackle and zero interceptions.
As a result, we don’t think Sanchez deserves another run out when Jose Mourinho’s men play Brentford.
Considering the amount of football Spurs have played over the festive period it would be foolish not to rest a few players at least, and one of those should be Alderweireld.
Thus, we suggest that Mourinho looks to the fringes and plays Japhet Tanganga. Of course, Joe Rodon isn’t available to play in League Cup games so will have to watch on from the sidelines.
However, Tanganga should have no such issues.
Since signing his £23k-per-week contract in July, he hasn’t been granted too many chances and has played on just four occasions this season. Therefore, now seems like the perfect time to hand him another opportunity.
Described as a “very exciting” talent by former Spurs striker Darren Bent, he surely deserves to start ahead of someone like Sanchez. He’s become an inconsistent figure at Tottenham but Tanganga was anything but when he first broke onto the scene.
Supporters won’t need reminding that on just his third Premier League outing, he helped to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City.
Brentford will be lively with the threat of Ivan Toney and the titanic figure of Tanganga should be well suited to dealing with him sufficiently. He has already conquered Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne – he now needs to add the Championship’s top scorer to his list of pocketed items.