Tottenham may have seen last of Tangnaga after 'unreal' development

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

20th Jul, 2022 | 10:03am

Japhet Tanganga may have played last Tottenham game after 'unreal' development - pundit

Japhet Tanganga does not have a long-term future at Tottenham, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict as AC Milan are in talks with Spurs over an “unreal” loan deal for Tanganga.

Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (18 July) that Fabio Paratici was in Milan to hold discussions over a potential temporary deal for the 23-year-old.

He has three years left to run on his contract in north London but the versatile defender has fallen down the pecking order.

This summer, Spurs have added Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet to their defensive line meaning opportunities may be limited for Tanganga in 2022-23.

Asked whether the Englishman could force his way back into Antonio Conte’s thinking after a successful loan in Italy, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Not for me, no.

“I’ve watched him a few times and sometimes he can be outstanding but sometimes he can be done in behind and make silly fouls.

“Someone like him, at his age, needs to be playing regularly. You don’t want to be a squad player when you are young.

“If he can get that move to AC Milan, I’m sure he’d snap their fingers off. It would be unreal.

“[Fikayo] Tomori’s there. A lot more players are maybe going to try the Italian league.”

Tangnaga has played 43 times across all competitions for Spurs since his making his debut in September 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino.

He has failed to nail down a regular starting place and has only featured in nine games under Conte after suffering a knee injury in January.

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