Japhet Tanganga has jumped ahead of Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier in the Tottenham pecking order, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was left raving over what he saw from the 21-year-old at right-back in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
A natural centre-back, Tanganga was thrown in against Dean Smith’s side for only his third Premier League appearance of the campaign.
He also played right-back against Manchester City and West Ham earlier in the season, although he was hooked at half-time versus the Irons.
Tanganga now has 21 first-team appearances under his belt for Tottenham.
However, only nine of those have come in the Premier League.
Hutton suggested while the young defender would not be a right-back for his whole career, he has leapt ahead of Doherty and Aurier this term.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Solid is the word. He’s like a brick wall, people couldn’t get past him.
“He’s calm on the ball, happy to just hold a player off, come out and find a pass. I don’t think long-term he’ll be a right-back but at the moment I think he’s doing a fine job.
“He’s doing better than the other two (Doherty and Aurier) we mentioned. He’s not going to give you those bursts forward and balls into the box but Reguilon can do that on the other side for you. Tanganga can be more defensive.
“I think that kind of suits them at the moment, especially moving forward. Sometimes when Mourinho does play the attacking football, both full-backs are up the pitch and they leave themselves exposed.
“When they play with Tanganga at right-back, he’s more defensively minded. He plays his position and plays very strongly, which allows Reguilon to get down the left-hand side. Moving forward, I think that could be an option that’s high up Mourinho’s list.
“Matt Doherty and Aurier, they’ve not been good enough this season and that’s why they’re not playing.”