Japhet Tanganga reveals debt to former academy chief John McDermott
Rising Tottenham Hotspur starlet Japhet Tanganga has expressed his debt of gratitude to former academy head John McDermott. This is according to a report by Football.london.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Tottenham this year. Having been given his opportunity under Jose Mourinho, Tanganga has flourished in what has been a disappointing season.
The youngster’s contract was set to expire this summer. The club have moved quickly to secure him for another year, with an option for another.
It was, however, Mauricio Pochettino who gave the youngster his debut earlier in the season. This came after he impressed in the club’s pre-season friendlies.
Tanganga has made 10 more appearances under the Argentine’s successor, Mourinho. Having come up through the club’s youth academy, the youngster will be familiar with outgoing academy head John McDermott.
McDermott is set to leave Spurs after 15 years to take up the position of assistant technical director at the FA and the young defender is sad to see him go.
“I can’t even put into words how much he’s done for me.”
Tanganga has expressed his gratitude to McDermott in helping him improve as a player over the years. Although he admits that he did not completely grasp the importance of his lessons back then, he has done to have learned them.
“He definitely deserves all the accolades for what he has done in his career and at Tottenham. He’s done a lot for everyone and he is definitely going to be missed.”
The youngster believes McDermott’s impact on young players of all age groups will be a massive miss for Tottenham.
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Replacing Mcdermott will not be easy considering his success at Tottenham. A number of stars made their name under his watch at the youth levels. This includes Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.
Key Arsenal backroom staff Steve Morrow has been touted as a possible replacement for McDermott.