Jose Mourinho isn’t recognized as a coach who likes to give young players a chance. But even in his case, promising talents can rise. Just look at this Tanganga kid.
20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga just earned a whopping 1.500% raise in salary. That happened after just a couple of games played for Tottenham Hotspur.
He wasn’t in any of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at the start of the season. With the emergence of Mourinho, the departure of Danny Rose, and injury of Ben Davies, he got the chance.
Spurs academy player was given a debut in the biggest game there is, in a match against Liverpool. Mourinho said that he asked him if he was afraid before the game, and Tanganga’s reply was negative. So The Special One he decided to give him a chance.
He impressed, and after just two more games (against Watford and Manchester City) in which Tottenham conceded just once he was given one of the most significant pay rises in football.
He had a contract of 1.000 pounds per week. Now he will get a new one with 15.000 pounds per week.
This case shows how easily a young player can go from being an unknown prospect to an important first-team regular.