Injuries are stacking up for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side in defence.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino may have played down Troy Parrott’s chances of playing in the first-team this week, but Japhet Tanganga cannot be far away.
With the injuries mounting in Tottenham’s defence, Pochettino is now seriously limited with his choices.
Davinson Sanchez has just picked up a knock, with Juan Foyth already sidelined, and Kyle Walker-Peters only just making his way off the treatment table.
With Spurs without two centre-backs, it seems that Tanganga could be next in line to receive a call-up, if another injury strikes.
At the moment Pochettino’s choice in the centre of his defence looks easy – he’ll pick Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to start, with Eric Dier his best reserve choice.
But another injury would make things really complicated for the Spurs boss, and may give Tanganga the opportunity he has been waiting for.
The 20-year-old was one of Tottenham’s outstanding performers over pre-season, where he really made a name for himself.
Tanganga dealt well with some of Europe’s best striking talents brilliantly, after playing against the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Reading too much into friendlies is, of course, dangerous – but the ease with which Tanganga slotted into Tottenham’s first-team was highly encouraging.
And it may be that Tanganga is the Spurs academy graduate who actually has a chance of appearing for Pochettino’s side in the near future, despite all the hype being around Parrott.