By Paul Robinson

20th Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Robinson thrilled by Tanganga update from Tottenham

Paul Robinson has backed Japhet Tanganga to become a “mainstay” for Tottenham after Nuno Espirito Santo’s U-turn on a loan move.

Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 22-year-old had changed his manager’s mind in a mid-season friendly against Arsenal.

Earlier this week (August 16th), Football Insider revealed that Tottenham had pulled the plug on letting Tanganga leave temporarily this summer.

It is understood that the defender is now considered an important home-grown member of the squad.

Instead, Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty’s futures are in doubt.

Robinson suggested Doherty and Tanganga could be the ones battling it out for a starting role.

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“A loan is completely out of the question for him now,” Robinson told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I think it all changed when he played against Arsenal in pre-season and got man of the match.

“I thought he was outstanding against Manchester City; he can’t have been far away from getting man of the match.

“I was very impressed with him last year, so I was surprised when I heard that Spurs were willing to loan him out.

“We know that Nuno had Doherty at Wolves, and he’s going to be a favourite of his. But it’s Tanganga’s shirt to lose.

“It’s brilliant news, he’ll be a mainstay in the side for Spurs this year. The only thing is if Nuno decides to go for a wing-back system – that’s where Doherty has the edge.

Tanganga is more of an out and out defender, as we saw against City.”

Sky Sports reported last week (August 13th) that a potential move for Serge Aurier had broken down.

Tanganga made just 13 appearances in all competitions last season.

In other news, this pundit has made a ‘huge’ claim following Pau Torres’ Spurs snub.