Tottenham Hotspur are considering recalling Japhet Tanganga from his loan stint at Augsburg, according to Kicker.
Tanganga has yet to feature for the first team since his summer move to the Bundesliga club.
This shortage at the back forced full-backs Emerson Royal and Ben Davies into central defensive roles in their last game against Aston Villa.
Spurs urgently need defensive reinforcements, and Tanganga has emerged as a potential solution.
Tanganga arrived in Bavaria with an injury and missed the first seven Bundesliga games as his recovery took longer than expected.
Augsburg were in the relegation zone after the first few games of the season and decided to change managers as they parted ways with Enrico Maaßen and the appointed Jess Thorup.
The Danish manager is yet to lose a game in the Bundesliga and has guided Die Fuggerstadter up to tenth in the standings.
One of Thorup’s changes has been tweaking the long-established backline of three to a more typical four.
The tactical change has further limited Tanganga’s opportunities, as six players are competing for two central defensive positions.
Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Felix Uduokhai start most games, with Maximilian Bauer providing cover. Summer signing from Darmstadt Patric Pfeiffer is also in contention, leaving Tanganga as the fifth choice.
Tottenham may consider terminating Tanganga’s loan in January.
This move would bring him back to London to provide much-needed defensive cover for manager Ange Postecoglou as they navigate the challenges of the season.
The Englishman’s return could prove pivotal in shoring up Tottenham’s defence during a crucial period in their campaign.
Spurs have already dropped from first to fifth in the Premier League and will be keen to plug holes in their squad and avoid spiralling further down the table.
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