Antonio Conte has been brought into Tottenham to give the club a much-needed shakeup after periods of stagnation and then regression, and it is his job to get what is a decent core of players firing again.
But after just a handful of games in charge and a change of system, Tottenham are slowly looking like a team with some kind of plan again.
Conte’s switch to variations of his favoured 3-4-3 formation has placed a great deal of importance on the roles of the wing-backs, thrusting both Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon to the forefront of how the team sets up.
While both appear to be settling nicely into their adjusted positions, it is the latter that has particularly excelled since Conte’s appointment in N17.
Reguilon joined Tottenham in the summer of 2020 with his stock at its highest after playing a key role in Sevilla’s run to the Europa League crown.
The 24-year-old started well under then-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho in the first few months of last season, but saw his form – like most in the squad – completely fall off a cliff for the remainder of the campaign.
Following spells in the dugout from Ryan Mason and Nuno Espirito Santo, Reguilon now seems to be getting back on track under Conte and is being used as a secret weapon to hurt Spurs’ opposition.
On the Italian’s arrival at the club, Reguilon revealed that he needed to adapt quickly to a formation that he had never played in before but mentioned that Conte wanted to make him a more rounded player both offensively and defensively.
The switch of system has since allowed the Spaniard, as a left wing-back, to venture forward by using his blistering pace, which is an asset of his game that hasn’t been utilised as much as it should have.
The results are already being yielded by Reguilon going forward, after he notched a crucial winner against Leeds and squared a ball for Heung-min Son to tap home in the win over Brentford.
Although his instant improvement should be marvelled at, there are times where he is still a bit loose and indecisive with the ball, which make you think that the best is yet to come.
However, the wing-back spot appears to be Reguilon’s to lose at the moment and with Conte at the helm, he can be the man to fully unlock his potential having done partially done so already.
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