Sergio Reguilon has played in all seven of Tottenham’s Premier League fixtures so far this season, but his performances have been inconsistent.
Spurs went into the first international break top of the league and on the back of three wins but when the league resumed, they lost their next three fixtures, all in London derbies.
This international break they have gone into on the back of a 2-1 win against Aston Villa and Nuno Espirito Santo will hope his side can continue winning games when his players return to north London.
Whilst Reguilon is on international duty with Spain, rival left-back Ben Chilwell is on international duty for England and didn’t disappoint in their 5-0 win against Andorra on Saturday.
Chilwell has only made one appearance for the Blues in the Premier League so far this season but scored in that fixture, which was their 3-1 victory against Southampton.
The 24-year-old was picked in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI on Saturday and whilst playing 90 minutes, he also scored England’s first goal of the night.
Signed for Tottenham’s London rivals last year for £50million, whilst Frank Lampard was in charge, the Englishman explained what he wanted to do for his Chelsea side.
“I can’t be happy just to put crosses in, but want to score and get more assists. I have tried to add that to my game this season,” he said.
He made 47 clearances for the London club last season and will look to continue to get more match minutes in this campaign, to help his team both attacking and defensively.
Reguilon has already made 41 clearances and 15 tackles so far this season and has been busy at left-back for Spurs, who have been threatened down that side by a number of teams in spells of their games this season so far.
Also joining his London club last year, the Spaniard faced many games behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic and has described how important the Spurs supporters are to the squad.
“In the dressing room last season, all the players were talking about was the fans,” he said.
“They were telling me about the amount of fans that would be going to away games, like Wolves the other week. I was like ‘okay’, I would listen to them, but I wanted to feel that sensation, the feeling of having the fans there, myself.
“But, this year, when everything started to open, with all the fans and families able to come to the stadium, it’s now a completely different experience.”
The 24-year-old made 27 Premier League appearances last season and has become Espirito Santo’s number one left-back choice, ahead of Ben Davies.
He made a good start to the season with a good performance against Man City on the opening day of the 2021/22 campaign, but his performances since then have been inconsistent.
The defender has had spells of positive attack in matches, seen when he picked up an assist in the North London Derby in the Lilywhites’ only goal of the fixture.
Pierre Emile Hojbjerg scored Tottenham’s first goal against Villa before the international break, which was assisted by Son Heung-min, but that was not before Reguilon had played a smooth ball down the left to Son.
Despite defeats, Tottenham’s defenders haven’t been the worst players on the pitch and this includes the Spaniard, who has overall been strong on the left.
However, there is always room for improvement and the 24-year-old could provide more for the Lilywhites going forward, just as Chilwell has shown for his club and country.
The Spaniard also needs to keep his performances consistent to make him an even more crucial member of the Spurs XI.
After the international break, the north London club travel to take on Newcastle and after their recent takeover, they will be hoping to get their new chapter off to a good start, meaning Espirito Santo and his Tottenham team are in for a real battle.
Source by Football London