Japhet Tanganga must choose AC Milan if he has to pick between the Serie A club and Bournemouth as Tottenham exit routes, one pundit has said.
The 23-year-old has been with the Spurs first team for two-and-a-half seasons now, but his future looks unclear. He made a surprise Premier League debut under Jose Mourinho in 2020, impressing in a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
However, he has yet to make a proper breakthrough as a regular starter. Following only 13 appearances in 2020/21, Tanganga raised that tally to 19 last term.
And as the new season approaches, Tottenham are considering giving him a fresh start by sending him out on loan.
AC Milan have so far emerged as the strongest transfer contenders for the defender. Newly-promoted Bournemouth fancy their chances of offering Tanganga more Premier League football, but he has supposedly rejected the proposition.
And according to former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, there is “no competition” for Tanganga if he has to pick between the Cherries and Milan. Still, Robinson admitted that the defender could continue to do a good job at Spurs.
“Listen, the Premier League is a fantastic place to play football but when you are comparing Bournemouth and AC Milan there is no competition,” the pundit told Football Insider.
“From a young player’s point of view, the experience he will get in the Champions League would be invaluable. The experience of playing on the continent would be invaluable.
“I think he still has a lot to give to Spurs though. He is a top-class defender and I like his attitude. I like the way he goes about his business.”
Tanganga may be useful for Tottenham
Robinson added: “He has not played regularly but when he has played he has been reliable. I think he has a lot to offer Spurs in the long-run.
“A loan move, whether that be in the Premier League or Serie A will do him the world of good. There is only one decision to make if AC Milan are interested.”
Tanganga has so far made 43 Tottenham appearances, including 23 in the Premier League.
His contract only runs out in 2025, so there is no rush for Spurs to make a hasty decision on his future just yet.
Spurs loan would be ideal
Nevertheless, a loan deal would be ideal for Tanganga next season to give him a new lease of life away from north London.
He has enjoyed spells in and out of the team, with injuries making it hard for him to cement any progress.
What’s more, Tanganga struggled to form an early relationship with current Tottenham manager Antonio Conte.
The defender played in six of Spurs’ 10 Premier League games from the point Conte took over. But he then suffered his knee injury and so has not been able to properly prove himself.
Conte has subsequently added centre-back Clement Lenglet to his team, as well as full-back and wing-back option Djed Spence. Tanganga would therefore be better off looking for an uninterrupted season of a high level of game time elsewhere.