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Tottenham starlet Japhet Tanganga compared to former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath after impressive debut against Liverpool

After a fine Premier League debut against Liverpool, Tottenham youngster Japhet Tanganga has been compared to a British football legend.

The 20-year-old made his first top-flight start against the Reds and put in a superbly display despite Spurs losing 1-0.

Japhet Tanganga looked like an excellent prospect against tough opposition
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Tanganga was excellent in the air, while making two interceptions, two tackles, and eight clearances.

And former Premier League star Tony Cascarino compared Tanganga to former PFA Players’ Player of the Year Paul McGrath given his attributes.

He did well keeping Sadio Mane quiet before moving to left-back and shutting down Mohamed Salah before the Egyptian was substituted.

He was widely commended for his performance in the north London, especially give the club’s defensive woes this season.

Cascarino told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “Paul McGrath he reminded me of. The way he played.

“He runs with pace and you can tell he sees things quickly, he gets there. He made a couple of last-ditch challenges.

Japhet Tanganga looked good on the ball too
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“He was hungry to get in front of the ball and yes it was his debut and adrenaline takes you a long way but he was one of the bright lights.”

But while the academy product impressed, Cascarino insisted more work needs to be done by Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho on his backline.

He added: “This is a team that, two years ago, was very good defensively and now they’re not.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane had a tough afternoon against the youngster
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“That is the big challenge for Jose, how he rebuilds that backline.

“They have got goals. They don’t have to think about goals. They have got loads of goals in that side.”


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