Tottenham Hotspur star Japhet Tanganga set to join FC Augsburg on loan
In a recent Twitter update courtesy of the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, the football world is abuzz with news of Japhet Tanganga departing from Tottenham Hotspur to FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga. A loan deal set to span the entirety of the 2023/24 season is on the cards.
Tanganga, a versatile 24-year-old talent, emerged from the prestigious Hotspur Way academy and announced his arrival in the senior squad back in 2019. Over the years, he’s racked up a respectable tally of 50 appearances for the North London club, even notching up an assist.
Yet, the enigmatic Tanganga has grappled with the challenge of securing a consistent spot in the starting lineup. Often deployed as a versatile utility player or rotated in and out, it’s no surprise that he’s eyeing more regular action elsewhere to unlock his true potential.
Understand Augsburg are set to sign Japhet Tanganga deal, here we go! 🟢🤝
One year loan plus buy option clause, medical in the morning then waiting for documents to be signed. #DeadlineDay
Tottenham cautious until deal signed but verbal agreement done. pic.twitter.com/XJfP5vdfTw
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2023
While his primary position is center-back, Tanganga possesses the coveted ability to slot in as a full-back when the need arises, a trait that’s a hot commodity in modern football. At 24, he’s entering the golden years of his career, making a spot on the bench seem less appealing.
Augsburg emerges as the knight in shining armor, ready to provide Tanganga with an escape route. Advanced negotiations have transpired between the two clubs, and it appears that an agreement has been reached. The 24-year-old is now on the brink of crossing over to the German Bundesliga.
Tanganga will initially land at the WWK Arena on a season-long loan, with Augsburg holding the tantalizing option to make the deal permanent come next summer. The responsibility now falls squarely on Tanganga’s shoulders to demonstrate his enduring worth to Augsburg. Japhet Tanganga vies with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
The former England Under-21 star is slated for a thorough medical evaluation this morning, and if all goes swimmingly, he’ll be putting pen to paper later in the day. Unless the footballing gods throw in a surprise twist, Tanganga should be officially donning the Augsburg colors before the day’s transfer curtain falls.
Tottenham, however, isn’t letting this deal sail smoothly without a watchful eye. Even with a verbal agreement, the club is meticulously performing its due diligence, making the official announcement only a matter of time.
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It’s become increasingly evident that Tanganga may not fit into Ange Postecoglou’s grand plans, especially in the wake of recent signings like Micky van de Ven and Destiny Udogie. For the benefit of all parties involved, a summer sale is shaping up as the most logical path forward. Stay tuned for more on this intriguing transfer saga.