The off-season is officially upon us, and while most footballers are either starting their vacations or prepping for international competition, one player who will be rehabbing an injury is Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga.
Tanganga suffered the injury in Spurs’ midweek defeat to Aston Villa and is likely to miss the start of pre-season training under their new manager.
The injury caps a frustrating campaign for the 22-year-old defender, who has also been sidelined with shoulder and thigh problems.
He managed 13 appearances in total, including six League starts.
Tanganga has mostly played at right-back but was replaced by Matt Doherty for Tottenham’s 4-2 win at Leicester City on the final day of the season as Spurs secured qualification to the Europa Conference League.
Tanganga was seeing some action down the stretch and we’re still not sure if his final position is at fullback or center back as he can play both, but we’ll have to wait to see what the new manager thinks a bit longer than normal.
The 22-year-old has looked good in his spot appearances but, as Kilpatrick notes, he couldn’t establish himself because every time he’d get some action, he’d have a setback. Spurs are reportedly shopping Serge Aurier with rumors that his old club, Paris Saint-Germain, are interested in buying him back. If that happens, Tanganga could certainly compete for the right back position though Spurs may look to the transfer market as well as Matt Doherty is the only other fullback on the roster.
Here’s to Tanganga recovering quickly so he can get back to training to earn more playing time.