Loads of Spurs fans were unhappy with something Jose Mourinho did on Saturday at Vicarage Road, as the manager opted to play youngster Japhet Tanganga in his third position in as many matches.
After playing in a back three for Tottenham against Liverpool and at right-back in a back four against Middlesbrough, Tanganga was thrown in at left-back on Saturday to face Watford.
Of course, the Hornets’ main strengths come from their flanks, where Gerard Deulofeu and Ismaila Sarr can cause havoc for opposing defenders. That’s exactly what happened too, as Tanganga was booked early on for a misjudged moment against Sarr, and from that moment on the 20 year-old was on the back foot against the speedy winger.
Per Sofascore, Tanganga was dribbled past once, made one error leading to a shot and completed only 25 passes in the match. While it wasn’t a horrific performance by any means given the circumstances, many supporters believe Mourinho hung him out to dry.
Check out some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Jose is trying everything to destroy Tanganga’s confidence. Debut against the best team in the world didn’t work, so now he’s trying playing him in 3 different positions in under a week
— Glasgow RK Spurs (@GlasgowRKSpurs) January 18, 2020
Jose hung Tanganga out to dry Today he’s no Left Back !!! #Jose😒😒
— dave chase (@davechasethfc) January 18, 2020
Jose doing Tanganga no favours playing him in different positions every game. #COYS
— Wayno-Wan (@TheForceFed) January 18, 2020
Thought Jose is supposed to be a tactical master?!?! Why hasn’t he told son to track back and help Tanganga on the left? They’re getting through every time
— Chris Phillips (@cphillips2510) January 18, 2020
Jose using Tanganga the same way he used McTominay. Clearly no way he should be playing left back but Jose wants to prove his point
— Alex (@ManYooAlex) January 18, 2020
Jose has hung Tanganga out to dry playing him left back. So hard when you’re right footed.
— george hawkins (@georgehawkins__) January 18, 2020
Tanganga at LB been nothing short of a disaster. Jose not done the lad justice with this one.
— Hotspur F.C (@HotspurFC82) January 18, 2020
Jose throwing a youngster under a bus….well I never
— Stuart Tyrer (@stiggyt19) January 18, 2020
Playing him out of position is just wrong. He is now having a torrid time and it could be a real set back for him
— Jack (@JackMurray2) January 18, 2020
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