Japhet Tanganga: Tottenham latest  youth sensation

first_img The defender followed up his  outstanding Premier League debut in  the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday with another impressive display in Tuesday’s FA Cup win over  Middlesbrough. Not bad for a player so new to  first-team football it is believed he  does not even have his own locker inthe Spurs dressing room yet. And when asked if that was true, he  said: “I don’t know if I can say that. That’s for you to find out fromsomeone else.” So it is true then! The Hackney-born  hot prospect added: “My job is to just keep working with the first team and the manager wants to do what he wants to do. “It’s up to him. At the moment my  focus is to keep working, keep  getting opportunities to play and tryto establish myself in the team. “Hopefully, the manager will keep  encouraging me and keep working with  me to allow me to do that.” Tanganga is living the dream at  Tottenham — which is just as well  because he has hardly slept a winkthis week. He said: “Have I had to pinch myself?  A bit, yeah. Obviously after the  Liverpool game people werecongratulating me for my debut but I  just wanted to move on to the next  one. “Thankfully, the gaffer gave me the  opportunity to play against  Middlesbrough, make my FA Cup debut  and, again, it was just a great feeling. “I’m just really happy with all the  support and encouragement I’ve got  from everyone. It’s just beenabsolutely great. “Obviously, the result against  Liverpool wasn’t good but my FA Cup  debut was a better result. We won and we’re through.” Despite the 1-0 defeat at home to the  Kop, Tanganga acquitted himself well  against the runaway Premier League  leaders and their formidable  frontmen, Sadio Mane and Mohamed  Salah. Loading… For someone who does not even have  his own locker at Tottenham, Japhet  Tanganga has already shown he has a  lot in it. Asked if he was nervous ahead of his  top-flight bow, he admitted: “Leading  up to it, yeah. A couple of times I barely slept. “But as a footballer, no matter if it’s your debut, you’ve got to  concentrate. You’re out there to do ajob. “There’s a reason the manager chose  me and he wants me to do a certain  job — so I can’t be thinking about  the nerves. “As soon as I got in the tunnel, I  was fine. On the day I was OK. No  nerves, I was OK. “Mane’s the African Player of the  Year. He’s a great player, Salah’s a  great player. But leading up to thegame, the boys were just encouraging  me. “They were telling me, ‘Son Heung-  min’s a great player as well and you  come up against him in training. “‘Harry Kane, Lucas Moura — they’re  top players, so you’ve just got to handle them the way you’ve been doing  in training. “’You’re doing it every day, so you  should be able to handle it’.” After starring at centre-back against  the Reds, Tanganga — whose only previous senior appearance for Spurs came in the Carabao Cup defeat at  Colchester in September — was deployed as an attacking right-back in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Boro. He said: “I haven’t played right-back  for a while but if the manager needs  me to do a job — left-back, right-  back, midfield — I’ll do it “I’m comfortable on the ball, I’m  comfortable doing a job wherever the  manager needs me. I want to work for the team.” Boss Jose Mourinho publicly praised  the youngster’s terrific start — but  what has he said to him in private? Read Also:Tanganga lives his dream at Tottenham The star revealed: “He said, ‘Well  done for Liverpool but just keep  working. Keep your head down, keep working for your next opportunity.Stay humble, grounded and keep  working’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img

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