Alan Hutton believes Tottenham need to bring in a big-name signing to replace Sergio Reguilon, given how important the wing-back slots are to Antonio Conte’s system.
Reguilon had lost his place in Tottenham’s starting eleven to Ryan Sessegnon but the Spaniard has returned to the lineup over recent weeks after the England Under-21 international sustained a hamstring injury.
There continues to be a question mark around Reguilon’s attacking output, with the 25-year-old having scored just twice and provided 3 assists in the Premier League so far this season (Transfermarkt).
Reports over recent weeks have indicated that Conte wants to upgrade on the left wing-back role in the summer and has given the green light for Spurs to cash in on the former Real Madrid man (Football Insider).
Hutton has insisted there are also major question marks over Reguilon defensively and backed the Lilywhites to splash the cash on a replacement.
The former Tottenham right-back told Football Insider about Reguilon: “I just think he’s a little bit lightweight when it comes to his defensive duties. He came with a huge reputation from Real Madrid, and we see flashes of that.
“Is his delivery quite as good as it could be? He could improve, there’s no doubt – and there are obviously massive question marks defensively.
“With the way Conte wants to play and the width he needs those wing-backs to supply, that’s the strength of his system. At clubs like Chelsea, the wing-backs were their biggest strength.
“He’s identified it as a position he needs to strengthen in. I think Sessegnon in the future could take over that role. But in the short term he could be looking for a big name.”
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Reguilon does not seem to have too many shortcomings defensively. Despite not being the most physically imposing, the 25-year-old is quite feisty in duals and rarely seems to be beaten in one vs one situations.
However, the jury is still out on whether he offers enough going forward to play as a wing-back. Although he has a good left foot, the Spaniard seems to lack composure in the final third and his first touch often lets him down.
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