A selection of Tottenham Hotspur supporters shared their disagreement with Mauricio Pochettino on social media as Spurs crashed out of the Carabao Cup away to Colchester United, with fans left perplexed by the Argentine’s decision to haul Japhet Tanganga off for Heung-Min Son.
Tanganga made his senior Tottenham debut (TransferMarkt) away to League Two outfit Colchester on Tuesday night, with the London-born defender lining up alongside Davinson Sanchez and captain Eric Dier in a three-man backline.
But with Spurs chasing a breakthrough goal, Pochettino opted to make a double switch in the 66th minute, with Son coming on to replace Tanganga while Christian Eriksen replaced fellow debutant Troy Parrott.
Up until his departure, Tanganga had left some Tottenham fans impressed, as he recorded a 91% pass success rate from 74 attempted balls to teammates – the most attempted passes by any player for either side, per WhoScored data.
Tanganga had also won a then joint game high two aerial duels, and won his sole attempted tackle and penned one clearance.
Dier would end the regular period with the most aerial duels won with five after winning three in the closing periods as Pochettino switched his formation to a 4-2-3-1, but Son nor Eriksen could prevent the tie from going to penalties.
Spurs lost on spot-kicks to Colchester and are out of the Carabao Cup in the Third Round, having reached the Fourth Round last season and the Semi-Finals in the prior two.
England U20 international Tanganga had represented Spurs 45 times at U23s level, on 21 occasions at U18 and eleven times in the UEFA Youth League as part of the North Londoners’ U19s going into his first-team bow.
Here are a range of the reactions shared by Spurs fans regarding Tanganga’s departure, with some showing a clear disagreement to Pochettino’s decision…
Shouldn’t that very wanyama, poch’s substitutions can be very frustrating sometimes
— David d Taylor (@dayvid_d_taylor) September 24, 2019
top efforts Japh! x
— yussep (@AmpayChupe) September 24, 2019
Get Wanyama off, he’s horrendous
— Cyrus (@Cyrus_Sans) September 24, 2019
Tanganga looks great
— Vinnie (@vjs141) September 24, 2019
He was solid
— Bald Levy (@BalddLevy) September 24, 2019
Should’ve taken off Wanyama and put Tanganga DM
— Jack.A (@4RFJack) September 24, 2019
Decent performance lad
— Manny (@Mannythfc) September 24, 2019
Why keep wanyama on
— archie mayer (@THot_sperm) September 24, 2019
Solid performance from tanganga.
— All Out Tottenham (jack) (@AllOutTHFC) September 24, 2019
He played well
— isaiah (@isaiahfbtl) September 24, 2019
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