Japhet Tanganga thinks it is unfair to suggest Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho does not give young players a chance.
Spurs defender Tanganga, 21, was given his professional debut by Mourinho in January’s Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.
He feels there is past evidence of the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager giving other youth players the opportunity to make a breakthrough, despite critics often hitting out at the Portuguese’s record in that department.
“Even before, I’m pretty sure that when he was at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane was very young and in the team,” Tanganga told reporters. “The same at United, Scott McTominay came through there.
“He’s the same as every manager – they want to give young players a chance but it’s up to the young player to show them they’re capable of coping in whatever league they’re in, Premier League or La Liga.
“It’s not just down to the manager wanting to play you, it’s down to the young player showing the determination to the manager that they want to play as well.
“He has taught me a lot. In training he’s given me a lot of information, a lot of details, ways to improve. How to defend one v one, how to defend set-pieces or work in wide areas and at corners.
“He’s given me a lot of information and I feel playing right-back and left-back has added to my game and allowed me to be adaptable and defend in all areas of the pitch, not just at centre-half. He has really been very helpful.”
Source: News update