Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge believes Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal will be expected to contribute to goals going forward under Antonio Conte following their new roles at wing-back.
Conte, who was appointed as the new Spurs boss last week, has immediately altered the side’s system into a back-three, with most of the focus geared towards the wing-backs getting up and down the flanks.
It is still early days under the Italian, but it appears as if Reguilon and Emerson have established themselves as go-to options in those roles with their ability to stretch the game going forward and defensively.
Bridge feels the pair have an important part to play in Conte’s system and thinks both will be expected to have an impact going forward to lessen the load on the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
Reguilon currently has two assists in the Premier League and is still searching for his first goal for Spurs, while Emerson’s lone assist for the club so far came in the Carabao Cup win over Burnley.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Bridge said: “I actually do [expect them to score goals and rack up assists]. It’s either going to be a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3, depending on what he’s got in the squad, and I’m sure he’ll make his decision, but I think they will be required to do that.”
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From the outset, it is clear that Conte’s system needs the wing-backs to be heavily involved and have an impact up and down the flank. Both Reguilon and Emerson have tough jobs to do, but Conte can be the man to coach them into those positions properly.
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