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Tottenham transfer decision hints at ruthless streak to Ange Postecoglou summer overhaul

Ange Postecoglou is making some key decisions in regards to his Tottenham squad this summer
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The summer of 2024 is going to be a key one in the careers of both Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon as they search for a new football club. On Wednesday morning, Tottenham confirmed in a statement that both players will depart N17 following the conclusion of their contracts.

football.london reported in May that Sessegnon's contract would not be extended by a further year despite the club having an option to do so if they wished. The Lilywhites have also done likewise with Tanganga as they plan for the future in the capital.

Tanganga had last signed a long-term deal until the summer of 2025 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in July 2020, with the final year of his contract now appearing to be an option available to the club as was the case with Sessegnon going on his departure. As Tottenham could have quite easily extended both players' deals by a further year and tried to recoup some money for them in the transfer market this summer, the decision to allow both to leave very much shows a sense of ruthlessness as they bid to transform Ange Postecoglou's squad in their attempt to challenge for top honours on a regular basis.

All at Tottenham will certainly be hoping that both Tanganga and Sessegnon go on to feature regularly for their respective new clubs after an injury-hit time with the Lilywhites. Tanganga certainly proved that he can cope with the intense demands of regular football during an excellent loan spell with Millwall in the Championship in the second half of last campaign.

The first part of 2023/24 did not go well at all for the player with a season-long loan move to German side Augsburg turning into a complete nightmare. Spending the first couple of months of his time in the Bundesliga on the sidelines due to a knee issue, the 25-year-old only made the matchday squad once following his return before his loan spell was cut short midway through January.

Immediately joining Millwall following his return to England, a short move across the capital proved to be a huge success for all parties involved as he started 17 of his 18 appearances for the Lions. After a poor run of form had dragged the club into the Championship relegation mix and resulted in them turning to Millwall legend Neil Harris to save them, Tanganga played a pivotal run in their outstanding run of form as they finished the campaign in 13th.

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Harris is a huge fan of the defender and he has made no secret of his desire to bring him back to The Den on a permanent basis.

"It's really important that everybody understands, not just Neil Harris and his teammates, but the whole football club is a big fan of Japhet Tanganga," the Millwall boss told London News Online. "I think I have made that clear in previous articles – I would love to work with him. Japhet is a player who will be in demand over this transfer window.

"As a football club, sometimes, we can only push as far when we go through a process which is involving individuals, agents and football clubs. It’s safe to say that we have pushed hard to see if Japhet is a possibility for us in this window.

"Where I am hugely respectful as well is that there is a lot that goes into signing a player, it's not just involving money between clubs and agents, it becomes a lot of different scenarios. Family becomes a huge one. When players have options to maybe be abroad, they have to speak to them as well. There are moments in players' careers which are hugely pivotal.

"We're massively respectful at the early part of June, not just with Japh, but with other players as well – things have to be aligned. Of course we like Japhet, but there are lots of aspects that go into signing a player."

Having an offer from Millwall on the table, Tanganga will likely have a few more options available to him as clubs battle to secure his signature. Hopefully the same goes for Sessegnon as he bids to bounce back from such a cruel campaign that saw him play only seven first-team minutes for Tottenham.

Undergoing surgery on his left hamstring last summer, the 24-year-old was forced to then go under the knife on his right hamstring after going to ground in a Premier League 2 fixture against West Ham in February. It would lead to the player positing an emotional update on his Instagram account where he called for people "to be careful what you say online".

Unfortunately that proved to be his final outing in a Spurs shirt with the left-sided player ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Coming to the attention of the Premier League's best clubs after bursting onto the scene at Fulham, Sessegnon's time in north London was marred by a host of injuries which restricted him to only 57 appearances for the club.

Admitting that he now knows how strong his left hamstring is following his surgery, hopefully that is the case with his right hamstring and he gets his career firmly back on track in the process. Not the way either player would have wanted their Tottenham career to come to an end, Spurs' decision regarding both players highlights a ruthlessness as the club make some key changes in order to help Postecoglou achieve his lofty ambitions.

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