Mills Exclusive: 'Outstanding' Spurs youngster tipped to start today after devastating blow
Danny Mills has tipped Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga to earn his first Premier League start of the season against Chelsea on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England defender labelled the 21-year-old as “outstanding” and ba
Tanganga started just his second game of the season in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday night after recovering from a thigh injury.
Jose Mourinho will be forced to change his central defensive pair against his former club on Sunday after star defender Toby Alderweireld broken down with a groin injury in a devastating blow to Spurs.
The Belgian faces up to four weeks on the sidelines and could be replaced by Tanganga, Joe Rodon or Davinson Sanchez.
Mills claimed Alderweirled could have been facing the axe anyway because of the pace of Cheslea’s attack.
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He told Football Insider: “It’s either Japhet Tanganga or Davinson Sanchez that will come in. It’ll come down to what Jose Mourinho has seen in training and what he thinks is the right way to go.
“Both players can be outstanding on their day, both players have pace. I think it’s going to be that combination of who works best on the day, alongside Eric Dier.
“We know Mourinho is always more likely to be defensively minded than attack-minded.
“He’ll be thinking ‘OK, who is he up against? Tammy Abraham, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.’
“Actually the fact Mourinho has to have pace, like Tanganga has, means the injury to Alderweireld may work into his hands.”
Tanganga enjoyed a breakout year last term when he played 11 times for his boyhood club, including six Premier League starts.
He played the majority of his first-team football at full-back but is a centre-half by trade.
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