Kevin Phillips has urged Tottenham to refrain from signing a new right-back and put their faith in Japhet Tanganga as a five-year option.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international suggested the 21-year-old was a better long-term plan than Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo.
According to Marca, contract talks have broken down between Semedo and Barcelona and it looks increasingly likely the Portuguese defender will leave this summer.
Spanish football expert Guillem Ballague revealed on YouTube last month that Spurs are interested in bringing the right-back to the Premier League.
However, Phillips hopes Jose Mourinho will put his faith in youth and allow Japhet Tanganga to continue his development in the first-team.
“Semedo has got more experience but Tanganga is a young kid and he deserves his opportunity,” he told Football Insider.
“When he has come in he has shown good quality. He is still developing and is going to make mistakes but so do experienced players.
“It depends if Spurs want instant success. Tanganga is a young player and would be a better option financially.
“I am all for giving youth a chance. Moving forward I think he would be the better option over the next three, four, five years.”
Football Insider revealed in March that Spurs were in advanced talks with the defender over a new deal after having their initial offer rejected.
The versatile defender was originally out of contract this June but the Lilywhites triggered the one-year extension option.
Tanganga made 11 first-team appearances so far this season.