Japhet Tanganga: (born March 31, 1999) is an English professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Japhet Tanganga is a Professional Footballer
Tanganga was born to a Congolese family in Hackney, Greater London.
He went on to Greig City Academy and joined the Tottenham Hotspur youth academy at the age of nine.
Career in the club
Tanganga’s contract with Tottenham was extended until 2020 in June 2019. On September 24, 2019, he made his EFL Cup debut against Colchester United.
Tanganga made his complete Premier League debut on January 11, 2020, in a 1–0 home loss to Liverpool.
Three days later, he played the entire 90 minutes in an FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough, which Spurs won 2–1 and for which he was chosen man of the match.
Tanganga signed a new deal with Tottenham on July 27, 2020, that would last until 2025.
However, he sustained a series of injuries and, except from a League Cup match against Chelsea in September, did not play any games from March 2020, when league football was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until the UEFA Europa League match against Ludogorets Razgrad on November 26th, 2020.
Following his return from injury, he only played in a few games the rest of the season.
Tanganga started Tottenham’s first game of the 2021–22 season on August 16, 2021, and was awarded man of the match in a 1–0 win over Manchester City.
Tanganga was removed from the pitch after receiving two yellow cards in rapid succession in a Premier League game against Crystal Palace in September when the score was 0–0. Tottenham was defeated 3-0.
A career that spans the globe
Tanganga has represented England at the under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels.
Tanganga played for England’s under-16 team in the Victory Shield against Scotland in 2014.
In 2017, he played in the Toulon Tournament, and in the final, he came on as a second-half substitute as England overcame Ivory Coast to retain their championship.
Tanganga also competed in the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, scoring against Turkey in their first group game.
Tanganga, who is also eligible to play for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, revealed in May 2020 that he wanted to pursue an international career with England, adding, “In life you have to have objectives, and one of my aims is to get capped at senior level for England.”
Tanganga was called up to the England U21 team for the first time on October 2, 2020, but withdrew due to injury on October 5, 2020.
Tanganga made his UEFA European Under-21 Championship debut on March 28, 2021, in the second game of England’s 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign, a 2-0 loss against Portugal.
Playing style of Japhet Tanganga
Tanganga is a versatile defender who can play in both the centre and right back positions. He characterises his strategy as follows: “”Great players’ talent can really hurt you,” he said, adding that “great players’ talent can truly hurt you.”
So that’s my plan: I’m going to make sure I get after him. Don’t give him any time, and don’t give him the chance to get his head up and pass because he possesses the ability to do so.”