Japhet Tanganga comported himself quite well in today’s 2-2 friendly draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. However, there’s a chance that might be the last time we see him play for Spurs this season. According to Charlie Eccleshare in The Athletic’s transfer tracker, Tottenham Hotspur have accepted a season-long loan bid from Galatasaray for Japhet’s services.
There’s been a fair amount of smoke about this loan dating back about a week or so, but we haven’t really written about it yet because the sources are in the Turkish sports media, which is NOTORIOUSLY unreliable. If Eccleshare’s reporting it, though, it’s almost certainly a thing.
The only problem — this may not be the move he wants! You can’t blame him — he’s pretty close to the first team at the moment and it sounds as though he’d like to stay and fight for his place. Eccleshare says he’d consider it only if it’s pretty clear that he won’t be getting many minutes this season, and would prefer a loan to another Premier League club instead of heading to Turkey. That makes sense to me too, and it seems weird that he wouldn’t get a fair number of rotation minutes in Spurs’ back line, though that could depend on what happens, if anything, with Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez.
For now we’ll keep tracking this. It’s not a done deal by any means, and we should have a better picture in a couple of weeks.