Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho will be buzzing to have Japhet Tanganga fit and available for Tottenham after returning to training, according to Michael Brown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder has claimed the youngster’s versatility “sets him apart” from the other defenders in north London.

Spurs took to Twitter last week to confirm that the 21-year-old was back in full training after his lengthy absence through injury.

The versatile defender, who is a natural centre-back but has played all across the back-line under Jose Mourinho, has made just one appearance this season.

He has the likes of Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to battle with for a place at the heart of the defence, while the arrivals of Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon have increased the competition at full-back.

However, Brown has claimed that Mourinho needs to rotate his squad with the number of games Tottenham have and that Tanganga’s return to fitness is a major boost.

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“It is his versatility that sets him apart and it is a boost for him, it’s another member of the squad, another player he has available,” Brown told Football Insider.

“He’ll be glad to have him back, a good player as well, the type of player you want when you’re playing lots of games and to have him missing, for Spurs it’s not ideal.” 

Tanganga’s one and only appearance this season saw him play 70 minutes in the League Cup win over Chelsea back in September.

He has a total of 12 games under his belt for Spurs so far, though he has not played in the Premier League since March due to his injury problems.

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