Japhet Tanganga reveals he broke down in tears before Spurs debut

first_imgJAPHET TANGANGA has revealed that he was moved to tears on the morning of his Premier League debut for Tottenham.Having only previously featured in the League Cup tie at Colchester back in September, the 20-year-old was thrust into the limelight when Jose Mourinho handed him a shock start against Liverpool last month.3 Jose Mourinho has taken a shine to young defender Japhet TangangaCredit: Getty – Contributor3 Tanganga looked unfazed against LiverpoolCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdAnd despite Spurs’ narrow 1-0 defeat that evening, the England youth international earned praise from pundits for his composed performance against arguably the best team in the world.Despite playing fearlessly, Tanganga has revealed that being thrown into the starting XI moved him to tears on the morning of the match.He told Tottenham’s official matchday programme: “I cried before the Liverpool game, when I made my debut. They were just tears of joy and it was just overwhelming.”I was sitting in my room and it came out but then I was like, ‘come on, fix up, you have a game today’, so I got up, showered and got ready.”I had just been waiting for that moment to get my opportunity, my dad had been waiting for it too and it just hit me.”If you had told me a week before the Liverpool game that I would have been playing, I would have laughed.”Things have changed so much.”Tanganga has been at Spurs since he was ten, and while he has had to remain patient for his chance in the first-team, the youngster has grabbed it by the scruff of the neck.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenham3 The 20-year-old has come up against top quality opposition, including Raheem SterlingCredit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongSince that Prem debut against Liverpool, he has also featured in subsequent league matches against Watford and Manchester City – as well as FA Cup clashes with Middlesbrough and Southampton.As well as Juan Foyth, one of those that Tanganga appears to have overtaken in the pecking order is club stalwart Jan Vertonghen.The decorated 32-year-old, who has played 307 times for the Lilywhites, was on the verge of tears after being substituted in the 3-2 win over Saints last night – with Mourinho opting to keep Tanganga on the field instead. Southampton boss Hasenhuttl rages at ‘joke’ VAR failure as Tanganga handball goes unchecked in draw with Spurslast_img

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