Speaking to Football Insider, Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson has been left thrilled by some ‘brilliant news’ involving promising young defender Japhet Tanganga.
The Lowdown: Tanganga set to stay?
The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the club even accepting a loan bid from Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray (The Athletic).
However, following an impressive opening day performance against Premier League champions Man City, he now looks far more likely to remain in north London at Nuno Espirito Santo’s disposal.
Tanganga’s agent doesn’t categorically rule out a loan spell, but reports indicate that Nuno is certainly leaning towards keeping him.
Football Insider state that a U-turn has now been performed by Tottenham after Tanganga’s showing against City with Nuno now aiming to give him a first team place for 21/22.
The Latest: Robinson reacts…
Speaking to the same outlet, former England international Robinson has called this Tanganga decision ‘brilliant news’ – going on to revel in the youngster’s potential.
“I thought he was outstanding against Manchester City; he can’t have been far away from getting man of the match,” the ex-Spurs keeper explained.
“I was very impressed with him last year, so I was surprised when I heard that Spurs were willing to loan him out.
“We know that Nuno had Doherty at Wolves, and he’s going to be a favourite of his. But it’s Tanganga’s shirt to lose.
“It’s brilliant news, he’ll be a mainstay in the side for Spurs this year. The only thing is if Nuno decides to go for a wing-back system – that’s where Doherty has the edge.
“Tanganga is more of an out and out defender, as we saw against City.”
The Verdict: Wise decision…
Spurs should certainly keep Tanganga as an option for Nuno this season going by his outing against Pep Guardiola’s side.
He even drew praise from another Sky Sports pundit in Gary Neville, who waxed lyrical over his one-on-one defending against the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish on that side (This is Futbol).
The youngster could even save Spurs money when it comes to splashing out on a new right-back before August 31.
In other news: Contact made: Tottenham offer now expected to sign 6 foot 4 powerhouse who Nuno personally wants, find out more here.
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