‘Mourinho was right’: Spurs fans convinced Tanganga has found his role following win over Arsenal
Tottenham’s supporters have taken to social media in numbers this afternoon, to react to the latest display of defender Japhet Tanganga.
Son makes the difference
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were of course back in action a short time ago.
Ahead of the fast-approaching new campaign, the Lilywhites kicked their preparations up a notch with a friendly showdown with North London rivals Arsenal.
Spurs headed into proceedings amid a solid spell of pre-season form, having followed up successive victories by recovering from two goals down to secure a hard-fought draw with Chelsea last time out.
And, when all was said and done this afternoon, the capital outfit’s solid stretch only continued.
A solitary goal, netted by Heung-min Son a little over ten minutes from time, eventually proved enough to guide Tottenham beyond their fiercest rivals:
It’s a beauty from Heung-Min Son!
⚪️ 1-0 🔴 (79’) pic.twitter.com/m5bfcpBPeG
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 8, 2021
As outlined above, though, in the aftermath of the action coming to a close in North London, it is not the name of match-winner Son which has since taken centre stage in the online chatter.
Instead, such discussion has surrounded the display of Japhet Tanganga.
22-year-old defender Tanganga is fresh off the back of a difficult campaign last time out, which, amid a combination of fitness woes and competition for places, saw him manage just 6 Premier League appearances.
In turn, reports doing the rounds earlier this week that those in a position of power at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were ready to farm the English youth international out on loan came as little surprise.
Nevertheless, Tanganga was handed the chance to impress by new boss Nuno this afternoon, in a starting right-back role.
And to say that the stopper went on to take full advantage of the opportunity afforded to him would be putting it lightly.
Tanganga shone throughout versus Arsenal, looking comfortable both in and out of possession, and even chipping in with the assist for Son’s eventual winner.
In turn, the Spurs faithful have since flooded to social media, both to call for the club’s youth product to stay put, and commend ex-manager Jose Mourinho’s call regarding Tanganga’s best position:
Jose was right, Tanganga is a right back
— top yid (@23Losty) August 8, 2021
So Mourinho was right. Tanganga definitely a Full back. And possible the best we have right now. Would not loan him. Dele Ali looked really engaged as a box-to-box mid. We also have a shape now, players know what to do and are fit. The build up is going to improve. #thfc #coys
— Anarcampista (@King_of_WHL) August 8, 2021
Tanganga to stay at right back all season please
— Spurs lover (@spursdab) August 8, 2021
Disagrees with pretty much everything Mourinho said and did at spurs, except his call that Tanganga’s chance if making it at Spurs was as a right-back
— Kidiabaponytail (@KidiabaPonyTail) August 8, 2021
i don’t mean to reactionary or anything but tanganga is the best right back in london
— ali (@a1thfc) August 8, 2021
I hate to say it, but maybe José was right about Tanganga being a right back…
— Cincy Spurs (@CincinnatiSpurs) August 8, 2021
Tanganga can be an important player this year. Would rather he plays than Aurier for sure.
— Daniel (@ChilversDaniel) August 8, 2021
Well done Tanganga, he’s the best duel winner at the club, along with Højberg. Credit to Mourinho though, his best position is definitely right back, this current build up suits him.
— OA (@OAFtbl) August 8, 2021
Japhet Tanganga should be our outright starting right back.
— Ethan (@thfcem28) August 8, 2021
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