Tottenham may have just saved 'millions' amid 'unbelievable' Tanganga U-turn - Hutton
Tottenham have just saved “a couple of million” in the transfer market after Japhet Tanganga’s “unbelievable” showing against Man City.
So says ex-Spurs defender Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s win over last season’s champions.
Tanganga, 22, was named Tottenham’s man of the match in the 1-0 victory in North London on Sunday.
Football Insider revealed the following day (16 August) that Spurs have reversed plans to send the young defender out on loan this month.
And Hutton claims Tottenham no longer need to splash out on a new right-back this summer as a result.
“He has probably saved them a lot more than a couple of million,” he told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
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“It wasn’t long ago that we were talking about him going out on loan. This is unbelievable and just shows you how football can change within a week.
“I’ve always thought he was a brilliant one-on-one defender, that’s his main strength.
“When he comes up against Sterling and Grealish, two of the best players in the league, he has more than held his own. He was unbelievable.
“It depends on how you want to play. He is not an attacking full-back, he’s not going to get into the final third and put in 10 crosses per game.
“But his defensive attributes can allow Reguilon on the other side of the pitch to get up and down.
“That allows the player who plays in front of him to do that attacking play. I think that’s what maybe let them down last season.
“They were asking the likes of Son to fill in at full-back. So with Tanganga at the back, that gives you that concrete base to play from.”