Sergio Reguilon’s first season at Spurs was one of two halves, and in many ways, mirrored the club’s fortunes.
In the first few months of the campaign, he was a swashbuckling fullback, who put in regular Man of the Match performances.
Towards the end of the season, he looked ragged and mistake-prone. But there are reasons to be optimistic about the Spaniard’s second season in the Premier League.
Spurs have been crying out for an attacking left-back ever since Danny Rose lost his place in the first team, and the 24-year-old proved, at times, that he was able to take up the mantle.
It’s also hard to believe that Reguilon will be as mistake-prone as he was at the back-end of the season. No moment was more ridiculous than the audacious own-goal scored against Aston Villa, which summed up the Spaniard’s end of the season.
He looked leggy in most games, and so this lazy piece of defending was rather apt. But with no place in the Spain squad during this Summer’s European Championships, this will give him ample time to recover from what was a hectic and full-throttle 2020-21 season.
Many of the Premier League’s biggest stars will not receive a full summer break, so we could see a fully-recharged Reguilon when the Premier League reconvenes.
But more importantly, it must be noted that Reguilon’s best performances came when the team all played as one, at a time when it seemed that Jose Mourinho’s tactics were being universally followed and trusted.
Therefore, I have no doubts that if the new manager (whomever he may be), is able to galvanise the players, and imprint his own style of play, that Reguilon, more than most players, will reap the benefits of a rigid philosophy.
After Corriere Dello Sport reported that new DoF Fabio Paratici wants to play with three centre backs, Reguilon may be licking his lips at the prospect of being able to focus more on attacking, which appears to be his greatest strength.
If all of this does come to fruition, we could see a very exciting Sergio Reguilon next season.
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