Footballers often have a shortened variation of their names or a nickname in order to make it easier to communicate quickly with their teammates in matches.
As was evident from the Amazon documentary that came out a few months ago, one of the first things that Jose Mourinho did after arriving at Spurs was to learn what the players were referred to as in training.
It is certainly understandable as it would be much more efficient for Mourinho to shout out ‘Winksy’ than it would be to shout out Harry Winks’ full name during training drills.
Usually, players are just called by their first names, like ‘Moussa’ ‘Toby’ and ‘Ben’ but that is not always the case, with Lamela being called ‘Coco’.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, who is usually in attendance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to cover games, has revealed what the players now call new Spurs boy, Sergio Reguilon.
He took to Twitter to claim that the players have decided to call him ‘Reggy’ with a hard G as opposed to Sergio, perhaps in order to avoid confusing him with Serge Aurier, who is referred to as ‘Serge’.
To avoid any confusion, it's a hard G rather than him being called Reg.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) October 22, 2020
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