Former Tottenham Hotspur full-back Alan Hutton has branded the north London club’s move to give Japhet Tanganga a new deal a ‘great decision’, as he told Football Insider.
Hutton reckons that other clubs will come in for the 20-year old if Tottenham cannot pen him down to a new deal and urges the club to get the deal done to ward off interested teams. This is what he further had to say on the matter:
“Moving forward, he’s so young, I totally agree with why Tottenham are trying to tie him down to a new deal. There will be lots of clubs sniffing about, foreign and local. It’s a great decision to tie him down.
“Let’s face it, he came out of nowhere, I don’t think a lot of people knew about him. It was the Liverpool game, he got thrown in at the deep end and wow, did he handle it – I thought he was magnificent that game.
“Obviously it’s about keeping your standards high. Everybody now thinks what a player, that’s the standards.”
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Tanganga has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Tottenham, where he has played six times in the Premier League. In those games, he has averaged 4.8 clearances, 7.5 total duels won (includes 4.5 ground and 3 aerial), 2.8 tackles and 1.8 interceptions, according to Sofascore. His stats on aerial duels, tackles and interceptions are higher than Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld as per Whoscored.
The six appearances that the 20-year old has made in the Premier League have all come under Jose Mourinho. He has also played three matches in the FA Cup and one in the Champions League under the Portuguese coach, according to Transfermarkt.
He has also been able to play in a variety of positions, which Mourinho has utilised. He has played at right-back, centre-back, left-back and even at right-midfield under the manager as per the website.
His versatility and impressive stats in the Premier League compared to other senior players in the squad warrants a new contract, and Hutton certainly thinks that it would be a good idea to offer him one.
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