The Lowdown: Tanganga’s injury setback
The 23-year-old had been enjoying life under Antonio Conte, making 11 appearances for the boss after his arrival in north London back in November last year.
Despite the positive start though, the defender suffered a major setback after he sustained a serious knee injury in March which required surgery, something that saw him ruled out for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.
As a result of not being involved in the action, some Lilywhites fans have recently been calling for the academy graduate to be sold, but after a fresh update, a club ‘insider‘ seems to think quite the opposite.
The Latest: ‘He will be staying’
Speaking to Football Insider, Wenham says ‘a lot of people’ want the player sold and he’s ‘surprised’ by the negative noises around the player.
“A lot of people have been saying ‘sell Tanganga, sell Tanganga’. I’m sorry, no, you need a certain number of club-trained and homegrown players and he ticks every single box.
“Conte obviously likes him. People forget he made 19 appearances last season before getting injured against Chelsea.
“That game was 23 January so there weren’t that many games before then, he featured heavily.
“He picked up the man of the match award on the opening day of the season against Man City, shepherding both Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling.
“He is certainly a player for the future. He seems to have been condemned for one red card against Palace.
“I didn’t realise young players were exempt from being able to make any mistakes. In the three games before that, we kept three clean sheets.
“He played every minute of them and he was outstanding. It seems people want to hold a grudge against him.
“He cost us nothing, came through the academy and has never really let us down. I’m a bit surprised that people are suggesting Rodon should be in front of him for some reason.
“Conte trusts him and likes him. He will be staying at the club.”
The Verdict: Keep
Tanganga will have been disappointed not to have been able to play more often last season, but Conte will no doubt now take the time to make a proper decision over his future during pre-season, and the manager should definitely keep hold of him.
When the centre-back was part of the Spurs backline, he showed just how much of a rock he can be at the heart of the defence, averaging 2.7 clearances and 1.3 tackles per top-flight match, via WhoScored.
The Hackney-born talent, who was once hailed a “really special” player by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, has all the attributes to play as a right sided centre-back in a three and would be an ideal low-cost backup to Cristian Romero moving forward.
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