Noel Whelan has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga deserves the “huge” pay rise he is reportedly being offered.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker acknowledged that the money understood to be on the table was a “ridiculous” sum for a young player, but suggested that the 20-year-old’s recent performances had warranted it.

It was reported towards the end of last week that Spurs are looking to offer the player a new bumper contract that would see his wage rise from £1,000-a-week to around £15,000-a-week.

And Whelan believes that it would be a smart move from last season’s Champions League finalists.

“If the club are looking to give you that, you’re getting your reward from the club for performances,” he told Football Insider.

“If the club didn’t think he was worth that a week then they wouldn’t even be thinking about offering that huge pay rise he’ll be getting.

“For players as well, you’ve got to cover your back. That’s probably about average these days, quite honestly, even if it is ridiculous money.

“But it’s something that he deserves and the club wouldn’t reward the player if they didn’t think that he was worth it.

“They’re looking after their asset.”

Tanganga has established himself as first team regular under Jose Mourinho after making his Premier League debut in the 1-0 defeat to leaders Liverpool back in January.

Since then he has missed just one match for the first team, and has amassed seven senior appearances in total so far this term.

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