By Noel Whelan

18th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit claims Tanganga 'forced' Tottenham to pull U-turn after transfer twist reveal

Noel Whelan has claimed Japhet Tanganga has “forced” Nuno Espirito Santo to pull a U-turn over a potential loan away from Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker heralded the 22-year-old for refusing to take the “easy option” of a temporary move away in search of game time.

Football Insider revealed on 16th August that Spurs have pulled the plug on plans to let Tanganga leave on loan.

The defender had been set to move away to play regular first-team football.

However, a Spurs source has told Football Insider that Nuno had changed his mind and handed him a starting role for Sunday’s win over Manchester City.

The defender was awarded the club’s man of the match award in the 1-0 victory.

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Whelan lauded Tanganga for sticking around at Spurs instead of leaving on loan earlier in the transfer window.

He suggested his performance had twisted Nuno’s hand to keep him on board.

“This is what you want from players,” Whelan told Football Insider’s deputy editor Russell Edge.

“You don’t want to take the easy option of going out on loan. You want to fight, you want to show the manager and that’s what a manager wants to see.

“He doesn’t want to see people giving up easy. He wants people to say: ‘No, don’t write me off just yet.’

“That’s exactly what he’s done. He’s forced his way into the Spurs side. Now it’s his shirt to keep or give away he doesn’t perform.”

Tanganga played just 13 times across all competitions for Spurs last season.

He has made a total of 25 appearances since breaking through the youth ranks.

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