Michael Brown has tipped “wonderful” Tottenham starlet Japhet Tanganga to follow in the footsteps of former England ace Phil Jagielka.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he is not quite sure where the 21-year-old is best suited to playing after breaking into the first-team setup.
The youngster has played all across the back for Jose Mourinho, including as a centre-back in both a two and three-man defence.
Brown admits that Tanganga’s versatility reminds him of former Sheffield United teammate Jagielka and that he thinks a permanent role at centre-back awaits the promising talent.
Asked where he thought the Spurs defender was best playing, Brown told Football Insider: “We don’t actually know, do we? He’s gone right-sided, he’s been in a three, he’s gone wing-back, he’s gone left-sided centre-half. It’s a wonderful position.
“You’re thinking would central defence be that one he’d mature in, to lead, to try and make that his own? I saw it with Phil Jagielka when I started playing with Sheffield United.
“He was a midfield player who then dropped back, like many do, into a right-back situation and we knew he had pace. As that maturity came in he slotted inside and ended up playing 40-odd games for England.
“It could be as he matures more he becomes that leader at central defence.”
Jagielka, who has 364 Premier League appearances and 40 caps for England under his belt, returned to Sheffield United last summer after leaving Everton.
Tanganga meanwhile has played just six times in the top flight with a total of 11 first-team outings to his name.
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