Tottenham Hotspur fans have spotted Jose Mourinho talking up Japhet Tanganga in his first training session.
Tanganga is considered to be one of the best prospects at Tottenham, even though his first-team chances have been minimal this term.
The centre-back has only played for Spurs in the League Cup, despite training with the senior squad all year.
Tanganga did enjoy a brilliant pre-season at Spurs though, and Mourinho has certainly done his research on the squad which he has inherited.
Mourinho could be heard on video saying to a Tottenham coach ‘he marked Cristiano Ronaldo, make him known” before pointing to Tanganga.
Does Jose say to another coach about Tanganga. He marked Cristiano Ronaldo, make him known. pic.twitter.com/j0eTTLJX7u— Jack.A (@thfcjack_) November 20, 2019
That kind of detail is why they pay him the big bucks.— The Spurs Compendium (@SpursCompendium) November 20, 2019
He did that for an effect in front of all the senior players. That’s what I know about him, so just think what I know about you.
Bloody hell great spot fella! Now tell us what Poch said to Mike dean?— Dan (@drob273) November 20, 2019
Nahhh he actually does wtf— Marcus (@Delecopter) November 20, 2019
What a spot man— LP ☬ (@thfclp__) November 20, 2019
Nice, he genuinely says that, word for word.— Tim F (@TimboBagginses) November 20, 2019
The comment refers to Tanganga's performance against Juventus in pre-season, where he helped Spurs to victory over the Italian giants.
Tanganga surely must have been boosted by Mourinho’s comments about him, and it remains to be seen whether he is one of the youngsters who Spurs’s new boss will use.
Mourinho has suggested that he wants to utilise Tottenham’s academy players during his time at the helm.
Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham for the first time on Saturday, when they take on West Ham United.
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