Antonio Conte appears eager to part ways with a Tottenham player amid claims he has been put up for sale and his price has been halved.
Conte has a brutal way of operating and this has seen a few Tottenham stars receive harsh treatment this season. Djed Spence is a prime example, having joined from Middlesbrough but immediately been labelled as a club signing by Conte.
The right-back has barely featured since then, making late substitute appearances in the Premier League on three occasions.
Fellow summer arrival Yves Bissouma was treated in a similar fashion. Conte said the midfielder would get opportunities when he proved he could deal with Tottenham’s tactics.
This resulted in Bissouma having a disappointing start to his Tottenham career as he simply could not get into the starting eleven.
Conte’s managerial methods usually work, and in Bissouma’s case they definitely have done. He is now part of a midfield three involving Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and is proving his ability to protect the defence while his midfield team-mates go forward.
It is not just new signings Spence and Bissouma who have struggled to make an impact under Conte this season. Centre-half Japhet Tanganga, who can also operate at right-back, has made just one appearance in all competitions so far. That lasted 17 minutes and came in Spurs’ Champions League opener versus Marseille back in August.
Tanganga could add to his minutes when Spurs play in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. They travel to Nottingham Forest and will be hoping to reach the fourth round.
Conte changing things up and resting his main players will likely give Tanganga an opportunity. But it’s unclear whether there is any way back for the Englishman under Conte.
Conte happy to part ways with Tottenham defender
According to The Spurs Web, who cite Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb, Conte wants rid of Tanganga and is willing to let him go in January. This suggests the defender has been put on the transfer list.
Spurs have previously demanded £16.8million for their academy graduate. This was when Leeds, Everton and Forest were all in the mix to sign him.
But Tanganga’s list of potential suitors has fallen due to him not playing often. As a result, he will be available around half of his previous valuation, at £8.75m, early next year.
It is understandable why Spurs have had to drop their asking price. With Tanganga barely playing, there is no way for interested clubs to see how confident he is or to work out his fitness.
But it would still be a shame for the club to let him go for £8.75m, After all, they have coached him all the way from a teenager to a senior player. And he impressed when he came into the Spurs first team back in 2019-20.
Things have gone downhill for the former England U21 international in recent seasons and so a transfer makes sense.
It might be wise for Tanganga to join a lower Premier League side so he can pick up more game time and essentially restart his career. He is still young, which means he has plenty of time to become a real success.
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