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Video Evidence: Spurs’ Saving Grace Against City Won 75% Of His Duels
By Harry Hotspur -

Japhet is a player I’ve been supportive of since he first emerged around the first team, no backstory beyond the boy coming from good stock, and looking to be every inch the genuine article.

I remain convinced that there still exist limited thinkers in the fanbase, and so I make no apology for throwing them this tasty treat to consider. If José Mourinho is such a bad coach, then how does Japhet Tanganga get to shine? The reality is that Japhet is fresh meat. Should he not progress sufficiently in the next couple of years, he MUST get out, if he wants a successful career. Opposed to a career like Harry Winks’ or Eric Dier’s…

Against Manchester City, under appalling conditions, the 21-year-old Japhet Tanganga put in a remarkably solid performance. Best actions, you say? Well, here we go!

Attacking wing-back? Yup, that’s no problem. That was a tipperty-top cross.

Interception? There were 4 in total.

Japhet Tanganga passing accuracy vs Man City 89%
Japhet Tanganga Defensive duels/won vs Man City 75%
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Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
21 days ago

So Spurs best player so far this season is a DMF bought for Jose…a role that Poch always got given junk to fill. yet we are supposed to believe this squad is not as good as under Poch? We are failing as a club. So there are 2 options. Jose not as good as Poch (I dont believe that) or Jose is screwing the pooch on purpose to encourage purchases? I do not believe our squad is worse than Leicester, Everton, West Ham or Villa. Do any of you honestly think we do? I would say a fully fit squad, our starting 14 is easily top 3. So we are under performing by at least 5 places, potentially 6 or 7.

Sandro
Sandro
21 days ago
Reply to  Spurs est_1882

Dembele = junk?

Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
21 days ago
Reply to  Sandro

he was not a DMF – he was a central, box to box player. Holjberg is a lot more a screen player, breaks up play, moves the ball. He is very good at moving it forwards, not just a sideways pass, but you would not expect to see him in the final third too much – and would really not expect him to carry the ball and burst past players. His job is to hold back. Poch tried Dier there for a bit, and we had a great year.

Sandro
Sandro
21 days ago
Reply to  Spurs est_1882

So when Poch was picking two from Dier, Dembele and Wanyama, which one was our CDM?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  Sandro

All of them were CDMs… Botch often played Dier and Wanyama together one season I remember.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  Spurs est_1882

Loved the Moose. He was a winger until 2011! … Dembeles role with us was a CDM. He would sit deep in front of our defence and break up play. He was on fifa for years as a CDM… But he was so good on the ball he could morph into a box to box like you say… His transition from defence to attack was priceless. He never gave the ball away, could run past people and pass accordingly… He was never close to being an attacking midfielder because he couldn’t score for love or money.

Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
21 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

I agree there. We have struggled with certain people out. However, to say we have a worse squad than all above us is an outright lie. Even with those injuries we should still be playing better. Not blaming Jose 100%, but I feel he has a game plan, and way he prefers to play, and not willing to change to account for personelle.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
21 days ago

Talk about NFL and Prem….the boxing has come and taken the joke shop crown. The Hearns don’t like losing money and Eddie made sure he recouped ALL he’s lost in these lockdowns. Alright for some. Clearly fixed that Warrington v Lara fight for the 14/1 outsider. Warrington s Norman Wisdom spaghetti legs were Grade F for drama I’m afraid and the “knockdowns” aaahahahaha!! It looked soooooo bad, is anyone falling for this utter farce anymore?? Really….watch the clear dives. It’s too much I nearly spat out my breakfast. Hahaha!

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
21 days ago

Av a look…50 seconds in the 4th round just before first ‘knockdown’ Warrington clutches Lara and they’re head to head and Warrington clearly says something in Lara’s ear.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
21 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Hmmm. Yes it’s a perfect cover at the moment for wonkyness. The no crowd line etc…

Sandro
Sandro
21 days ago

In the good old days under Poch – you know when we played great football all the time like the 0-0 at Wembley vs Swansea and never dropped silly points (like the 0-0 at Wembley vs Swansea) involved us having two wing backs (Walker and Rose) who were in great form. They were not the best defenders but they had enough about them to get up and down the pitch and so assist us when both attacking and defending.

Give Japhet and Reggie those shirts for a long run and seek alternatives for when they are injured / need a rest (Sessignon + 1, maybe Aurier is still worth a place as back up?).

Get a couple of quality centre halves (Dier and Rodon as back ups) and a keeper (Sam Johnstone?)

PEH, Ndom, GLC and Skipp (I am not convinced Skipp is good enough at the top level but he has earned a chance).

That’s 3 in with Hugo, Doherty, Sanchez, Toby, Davies, Winks and maybe Sisokko out.

Then we just need to sort out Lamela, Lucas and Bergwijn (assuming Bale and Vini will be returned). Jack Clarke / Scarlett / Devine.

Trent AA made his debut for Liverpool aged 18 and has not looked back. We indulge our younger players for far too long. If they are good enough they are old enough and if not, what the hell are they doing at our club?

I would take top 4 over the Carabao because I think that might give Levy the financial encouragement so Jose gets what he needs to help us out of this mess.

Sandro
Sandro
21 days ago
Reply to  Sandro

I mean replacements for Lamlea, Lucas and Bergwijn and use the three youngsters as back up.

Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
21 days ago
Reply to  Sandro

Funny you mention the Swansea game – if I remember it well they played 11 behind the ball. At a time in that game all 11 were in their own box. All Spurs fans hated it, called it anti football…now we expected to watch it every week.

England Mike
England Mike
21 days ago

Very likeable lad with a willing to learn attitude, can only improve, meanwhile was Sanchez on skies ?

Sean
Sean
21 days ago

One of the shinning lights, has great potential. Calm head on young shoulders.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
21 days ago

Maja. I knew we shoulda brought him back to London from Sunderland. He’s a player.

Suffolk Spur
Suffolk Spur
22 days ago

Some idiotic US website gave Japhet 3/10, virtually the worst player! Ridiculous.

Jim Mckevitt.
Jim Mckevitt.
21 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Understandable really, Japhet didn’t have one touchdown the whole game.

Willie!
Willie!
21 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

You have to go easy on those poor folks in Alabama, they’re not the brightest bulbs in the lamp. I grew up in the deep south of the US, and among those states there is a sort of “hierarchy of backwardness” from worst state to best, and Alabama is always 3rd on that list, behind only Mississipi and West Virginia. It’s a cesspool of racists, morons, and country bumpkins (some of my extended family among them).

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  Willie!

😂 Fair shout for your honesty my man, this cracked me right up…. Appalachia is a beautiful land.. Ye shall be known as ‘Hillbilly Willie’ … As long as this doesn’t offend.. Ha ha

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
22 days ago

Would like to see the lad start more games now, preferably in his favoured centre back position.. After rotating the defence and giving everyone the same amount of games, it’s not working, time for Maureen to find his best back four, and best back 5, and best back 3 and stick with these against the big teams. Get some stability back there.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
22 days ago

He’s been quite assured at RB (fast and strong, decent crosser), so I wonder if that will turn out to be his best position in the end.

I also wonder what the best back four is – the only clear-cut member is Reguilon at LB, but I struggle to pick two CBs and the RB to go with him.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
21 days ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

CDM japh one day. Will good enough to play in the middle too.

makatiandy
makatiandy
21 days ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Not sure about that. Let him develop as a defender first.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
21 days ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Can poch have Kane son and Dele for £300mil in used notes? £325m with Hugo

Last edited 21 days ago by Tappaspur
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

You’re right and I’m sure Maureen sees him as that.. If he favours CB though then I would like to see him play there. Our best CB is Toby but he needs pace around him its no good having Davies and Dier and Toby. Dier I would only consider if we are up against an aeriel threat. Sanchez has dropped to the bottom. Japh and Roden have impressed so I would try pairing those two with Toby. Japh first… Reg and Aurier are the best full backs……… Maureen clearly loves Dier though..

Willie!
Willie!
21 days ago

He seems a little short to be a natural CB for me. Can’t see him not getting dominated trying to battle strikers to win aerials. But I’m with you, would like to see him starting more. RB for me.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  Willie!

Short world class centre backs are rare.. Bobby moore and Carlos puyol spring to mind.. They were only 5 foot 10…. Japh is 6 foot, we won’t know unless we see… 90 per cent of the time players play their best in their favourite positions.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
22 days ago

Rodon, Tanganga, Hojberg, Skipp, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Son, Kane to build on…..alot of work to do, alot of money needed.

East Stand
East Stand
22 days ago

You’re assuming Kane and Son stick around without long term Champions League football…

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
22 days ago
Reply to  East Stand

Our best bet is that clubs won’t have the sort of money Levy will demand for these two. And it’s just as well, because the other forwards are incredibly inconsistent.

Kane and Son are worth their weight in gold.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
21 days ago
Reply to  East Stand

If Kane goes it’s plummet time.

makatiandy
makatiandy
21 days ago
Reply to  East Stand

That is the problem in a nutshell. How much of a rebuild will Levy support and how quick the turn around? Kane and Son probably need to leave for personal ambition unless Levy convinces otherwise. He may not see a player’s dilemma in this having no desire himself. The money might appeal to him.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
21 days ago
Reply to  East Stand

Can’t reply on other thread.. I don’t make excuses for the owners, nor do I have a screw lose, nor do I know what locktite is! You fucking idiot, try laying off whatever stuff you’re on if I was you….. And this is Botchs team we have right now, with only a handful of Maureens players.. Did you expect him to come in and tell half the squad they are not good enough? What would that achieve? Dumbo.. Maureen has said we are not good enough to win the league and referred to klopp and said it took four years…….. And you calling me ‘pance’ and players in my club ‘pance’ sums you up… I thought you were calling us pansys!… You meant ‘rubbish’ though…. Its spelt PANTS, not pance.. Dummy

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
22 days ago

For me, it should be him and the boy Rodon at CH. the future for sure. More reliable than the hapless Sanchez and Dier that’s for sure.

Pablito
Pablito
21 days ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Agree 100%.

Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
22 days ago

Everton lose 2 nil at home to Fulham. Another one…..
Certain folk have made a killing this season.

Simon Watson
Simon Watson
22 days ago

We lost 3-0 who cares

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
22 days ago
Reply to  Simon Watson

I care… You don’t care when we lie down and get rolled over? 3 nil was flattering. It could easily have been more.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
22 days ago
Reply to  Simon Watson

Useful to look at glimmers of hope, i.e. players who didn’t let their heads drop even though we didn’t play well and got well beaten. For Japhet to do that at 21 away at the Etihad in a poor team is pretty decent.