Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga discusses his Premier League debut

Tanganga impresses with Tottenham

The 2019/20 campaign has, so far, been one to forget for Tottenham.

After the success of the previous season, in which they made it to the Champions League final, Spurs have been brought back down to earth this term.

The Lilywhites parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino earlier in the season after a poor start to the campaign, crashed out of the League Cup vs Colchester, were beaten by RB Leipzig in the CL last-16, got knocked out of the FA Cup by relegation-battling Norwich and, at the moment, are seven points adrift of 4th placed Chelsea.

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the capital giants this term, though. One of the very few bright spots for Spurs this season has been the emergence of Japhet Tanganga.

The 20-year-old has now made 11 appearances for Spurs’ senior side, putting on some quality displays.

MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 31: Japhet Manzambi Tanganga of Tottenham controls the ball during the Audi cup 2019 final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on July 31, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tanganga discusses PL debut

Tanganga is a centre-back by trade. But he has already showcased his versatility this term by playing both on the left and right-hand side of defence.

It would be at right-back where the England under-20 international made his Premier League debut.

Tanganga was thrown in at the deep end by Jose Mourinho, starting at full-back vs an in-form Liverpool side.

Spurs would lose said tie 1-0, but Tanganga did impress throughout. And the young defender has since opened up on his PL debut:

“I actually found out on the Tuesday that I was playing and it was nerve-wracking leading to the game.

“But on the Saturday – once I woke up and I got to the stadium – I wasn’t nervous. The manager asked me to do a certain job on the pitch and I knew I just had to do that.

“It was tough because I had [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah [to play against]. Mane the African player of the year, Salah the previous African player of the year. It was a great challenge; tough but amazing.

“As soon as I signed for Tottenham, my ambition was to break into the first team and play for them. To finally do that is just amazing, honestly.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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