Some Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to social media to urge Jose Mourinho to start Japhet Tanganga at Everton in the FA Cup tomorrow.
The 21-year-old has been limited to seven appearances this season after being hampered by a thigh problem.
Tomorrow’s cup tie at Goodison Park would usually give Mourinho a chance to rotate his squad.
However, this might not be as straightforward considering the injury woes Spurs are suffering.
Injuries offer Tanganga a chance
Mourinho confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso are out of contention for the cup clash.
Serge Aurier is also a doubt, while Dele Alli has been rushed back to make up the numbers.
The injury news prompted some Spurs fans to suggest Tanganga should be offered a rare start instead of Matt Doherty to replace Aurier at right-back.
Here’s some of their views on Twitter:
Doherty yet to sparkle
Doherty was signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer but has yet to shine in a Spurs jersey.
Tanganga has appeared for Spurs in earlier FA Cup rounds this season – but only for 45 minutes at a time.
The talented youngster also made fleeting appearances in the League Cup and a handful of starts in the Europa League.
It was in the FA Cup last year that Tanganga began to reveal himself as a real talent.
Having impressed in the Premier League against Liverpool and Chelsea, Mourinho decided to play the defender in three straight FA Cup games.
BBC Sport named him man of the match in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough – and many thought his career was going to kick on from there.
Doherty’s arrival signalled Mourinho didn’t see Tanganga as first-choice full-back. However, neither Doherty nor Aurier have done enough to cement a permanent place in the side.
As much as the Everton fixture offers Tottenham a real opportunity at silverware, there’s a sense if Tanganga doesn’t play tomorrow, he might be sitting out the majority of the campaign.
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