Tottenham will be ‘very attacking’ under popular new boss Nuno Espirito Santo, reveals Japhet Tanganga

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Japhet Tanganga has vowed that Tottenham will play attacking football under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo and says the Portuguese has been a quick hit with the squad.

Santo, who was appointed as Jose Mourinho's successor last month following a lengthy search, has been working with his squad in pre-season before their first friendly against Leyton Orient on Sunday.

Tanganga has been recovering from ankle ligament damage sustained late last season but that has not stopped him from working with the new manager and the defender could still be involved this weekend.

Chairman Daniel Levy is under pressure to deliver more attractive football following Jose Mourinho's tenure and promised a manager that fitted with Tottenham's "DNA".

Santo was known for more pragmatic football during his time at Wolves, though Tanganga says they're preparing to play on the front foot this season.

"I can tell you for sure that we're going to be attacking," said Tanganga.

"That's because we've been working hard on it in training and on pressing and implementing his ideas. I think the lads have been worked really hard and I've been worked really hard, so I think it's going to be exciting times in these coming years.

"He's [Santo] been great. He's been very interested with how Skippy [Olivier Skipp] and I have been getting on as we've been coming back from injury and he's been cool. I think a lot of the players already love him in terms of we've been working hard and he's been giving information to everyone and he's been very transparent.

"It's been really good, really positive with him and his staff. It's been a great start and we're just looking forward to seeing what the future holds."

Tanganga is hoping his future has a little more clarity than under previous managers. The Spurs academy graduate has drifted from right-back to centre back as he looks to nail down a place in the back line - and the 22-year-old now wants to cement a position of his own.

"For me, going into my second season, I'd like to cement one position," he said. "Obviously, like you say, I've grown up playing at centre-back and that's probably my favourite position, but it's the same as it was under the old gaffer, if he wanted to play me at right-back I was never going to say no.

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"I wasn't going to complain that I wasn't playing in my favourite position and I think the same this season. Ideally I'd like to play at centre-back but if the manager wants me to play at right-back, left-back or anywhere I'll do the job as well."

The defender says there is a feeling of a fresh start under Santo this summer, with the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Winks also looking to impress having been on the fringes under Mourinho.

The one aim for Spurs in recent years has always to take the next step and claim silverware and Tanganga wants to achieve that during what he hopes will be a breakthrough season.

"I think my ambition would definitely be to have played a part in Spurs winning something this season," he said. "Playing a large majority of the games. I think for me, having that breakthrough season and then the injury and then the next season getting a couple of injuries, I didn't really get a real run of games. My goal this season is just to get as many games as I can and get as fit as I can and try to bring some silverware to Spurs."

Ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Orient, Tanganga has visited a local school to take part in a CPR course having watched former teammate Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020.

“It was hard,” Tanganga said of watching the incident. “Then the messages were all going around. It was pretty difficult but the medical staff and his team-mates did a brilliant job to help him and thankfully he was able to wake up and be alright. So yeah, it was not a nice feeling, not a nice thing to see but we thank god that he’s alive.”

Japhet attended a CPR lesson hosted by the JE3 Foundation, set-up in memory of Justin Edinburgh, at Riverley Primary School.

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