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Player Watch - Japhet Tanganga

Westmorlandspur

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As @dontcallme says above, he's only played 27 senior games of football due to injuries but he was highly thought of as a youngster.
I don't really think that anyone has seen enough of him to say that "Millwall is his level" with such conviction.

It's as bad as someone who said "Skipp is Sunday league level at best" not that long ago.
It's just nonsense.
He can’t have been that highly thought of because his contract was almost up when he went on the pre season tour a few years ago and played so well they thought they should sign him up again.
If he had played badly he would have been released.
 

eddiebailey

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He can’t have been that highly thought of because his contract was almost up when he went on the pre season tour a few years ago and played so well they thought they should sign him up again.
If he had played badly he would have been released.
And I doubt he would have been on the tour if others such as Eyoma hadn’t been injured. But he marked Cristiano Ronaldo off the pitch.

it’s actually a great example of how you don’t know what you’ve got until you give a player a chance to show you. And of how getting - and missing - chances can change a player’s entire trajectory.
 

Reece_Spurs

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I think my memory serves me right when I say Tangangas best showings for us were at RB? I know he's naturally a CB but he put in some really stand out performances at RB, was surprising at the time because he had some good acceleration and power to take on his man even though being a natural centre back. Not sure those who remember, but reminded me of that time we played Kaboul at RB for a stint, infact I think it was Kabouls driving run on the right and cross that Crouchy scored for the famous 4th place win away against City?
 

dontcallme

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Pleased for him. Has struggled to get games over last few years. Maybe found his home.
Absolutely.

He was given a chance by Jose and early signs were positive. But injuries when he was just starting out at Prem level killed any momentum.

Whether he ends up as a Championship player or makes it to the Prem I hope he can stay injury free and just enjoy his career.
 

eddiebailey

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Honestly haven’t heard a disparaging word about this lad since he joined Millwall. Remarkable turnaround in his season. Not a fit for Ange’s Spurs, but looks set for a decent career.
 

joey55

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The likes of Japhet, KWP and Winks doing so well in the second tier is a real feather in the cap for the academy.
 

yido_number1

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The likes of Japhet, KWP and Winks doing so well in the second tier is a real feather in the cap for the academy.
The odds of making it through ab academy into a prem team are slim. It's an achievement if 2 or 3 break into the first team squad every 3 or 4 years.

Developing Kane into one of the worlds best is all the feathers you need.
 

dontcallme

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The likes of Japhet, KWP and Winks doing so well in the second tier is a real feather in the cap for the academy.
Agree. Trying to get players from the academy straight into the first team squad is a big challenge for every team.

Would be great if more made it but realistically getting many of our best youth players up to a level where they can make a career around Championship level is a good way forward for us.

We sold KWP and Winks for just under £25m combined. Millwall have a record transfer fee of around £3m. It's likely we either sell Japhet to them with a high sell on deal or he does well enough to get a team with a bit more money interested.
 

RuskyM

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Pleased for him. Also shows the importance of a good loan destination, which tbf we've done alright this year by all accounts - Parrott, Rodon, Japhu (the second time).
 

Buggsy61

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If Millwall don’t have the funds to buy him outright am sure Japhet will get a move somewhere else given his impressive performances.
Really pleased for him as with his injuries I thought there might be a danger of his career just fizzling out.
It’s a brutal, unforgiving game and relatively short career.
As his employer from youth days we have a moral duty to help him and others move on and make the best of their potential.
 

Westmorlandspur

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Agree. Trying to get players from the academy straight into the first team squad is a big challenge for every team.

Would be great if more made it but realistically getting many of our best youth players up to a level where they can make a career around Championship level is a good way forward for us.

We sold KWP and Winks for just under £25m combined. Millwall have a record transfer fee of around £3m. It's likely we either sell Japhet to them with a high sell on deal or he does well enough to get a team with a bit more money interested.
Wonder if we’ve got an add on for Winks if Leicester get promoted, which looks almost done now. Same with Rodon for Leeds.
 
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