By Paul Robinson

9th Feb, 2020 | 3:14pm

'He should be paid as a PL footballer' - Exclusive Paul Robinson urges Spurs to dig deep

Paul Robinson has urged Tottenham Hotspur to hand a new bumper contract to 20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs stopper claimed that his former club have to reward the youngster for his newfound first team status with an improved deal.

The Mail reported this week that last season’s Champions League finalists are in talks to offer the versatile defender a major pay rise, hiking his wage from £1,000-a-week to £15,000-a-week plus bonuses.

And Robinson would like to see it happen

When asked whether Tanganga deserved a new deal during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “Definitely, he’s been very good.

“The problems that they [Spurs] have had defensively – at right-back Serge Aurier hasn’t been great this year, at left-back Ben Davies has been injured and Danny Rose has been allowed to leave. Vertonghen, I think he is a centre-half, not a left-back.

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“For Tanganga to come in at such a young age, at 20 years old – I think he’s made seven appearances now – for him to play with the calmness and the comfort that he has, it says a lot about him.

“Financially, he should be rewarded as are the players he’s playing with. He’s playing week in, week out at the moment in the Premier League, he’s in the squad every week and he should be paid accordingly as a Premier League footballer, which he is now.”

Tanganga made his Premier League debut for Spurs against Liverpool on January 11th, impressing despite his side suffering a 1-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Since then, he has become a virtual ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI, missing just one match in all competitions – the 2-1 win over Norwich City on January 22nd.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs hand huge pay rise to player as new deal agreed.