Tottenham Hotspur's Japhet Tanganga has joined Augsburg in search of regular first-team minutes. - © Imago
Tottenham Hotspur's Japhet Tanganga has joined Augsburg in search of regular first-team minutes. - © Imago

Japhet Tanganga: Who is the Tottenham Hotspur defender on loan at Augsburg?


Augsburg have completed the season-long loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur's Japhet Tanganga. bundesliga has the lowdown on the uncompromising English defender...

Data correct as of 1 September 2023

Japhet Tanganga

Age: 24 (born 31 March 1999)
Club: Augsburg (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Position: Central defender/ right-back
Country: England (37 youth caps)

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Tanganga makes the switch after eight years with boyhood club Tottenham. The London native is a centre-back by trade, but can also operate on the right-hand side of defence, as he did on his English Premier League debut against Liverpool on 11 January 2020. It was the first of 27 top-flight appearances to date, 24 of which have been starts. The London native has also represented his parent club in English domestic cup competition, as well as the UEFA Champions, Europa and Europa Conference League

Tanganga previously turned out in England colours at every youth level from U16-21. The 6'1", right-footed defender will wear the No.39 shirt at Augsburg, who have the option to make his loan deal permanent if certain, undisclosed conditions are met.

Plays a bit like: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Raw power and physicality are Tanganga's hallmarks. Married to his versatile side, Augsburg could be looking at their very own version of Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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Although eligible to represent DR Congo at senior international level - like the aforementioned Wan-Bissaka - Tanganga has his heart set on making the step up with the Three Lions.

"In life, you have to have goals and one of my goals is to be capped at senior level for England," he said in May 2020.

Tanganga could form an all-English pairing in the Augsburg defence with Reece Oxford. - Imago

What they're saying

"Japhet has a great background and is a versatile defender, who excels in terms of his physicality and tackling ability. We're also getting a player with experience at the highest level." - Augsburg sporting director Marinko Jurendic

"The kid has reason to be very happy with his level, not with the result obviously, but with his first game in the Premier League. It couldn't be a bigger one and he did it amazingly." - former Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho on Tanganga's English Premier League debut against Liverpool