Tottenham Hotspur left-back Sergio Reguilon has indisputably been one of their standout performers so far this season, but on Thursday evening he endured a rare night to forget.
Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Royal Antwerp to leapfrog them into first place in Group J, meaning they’ll be seeded for the Europa League round of 32.
Whilst Spurs were victorious in north London, it wasn’t the most thrilling, entertaining or even best display and that much was summed up by the Spaniard’s performance.
Valued at €70m (£64m) by CIES, Reguilon was one of the few who kept his starting place from Sunday’s win over arch-rivals Arsenal, though by half-time, he was hauled off by the Portuguese boss.
Indeed, he received the lowest rating of any Spurs player (6.5) and was awfully lightweight in possession.
Per SofaScore, Reguilon won just 33% of his duels, lost the ball eight times and made just five passes. Even Joe Hart recorded more touches than the 23-year-old despite playing between the sticks, a role that shouldn’t see him more involved than the industrious left wing-back.
The Evening Standard graded him a five out of ten, claiming that Regulion “didn’t get forward enough” before he was replaced at half-time.
Whilst some will believe that the decision was down to keeping an eye on Crystal Palace this weekend, the former Real Madrid ace was still woefully poor for perhaps the very first time this season, and it would have left his manager fuming.
Reguilon has been a popular figure on and off the pitch as football.london’s Alasdair Gold revealed earlier in the season that “everyone loves him” in training whilst the £25m signing has quickly become a fan-favourite with supporters.
With Ben Davies pulling off an impressive display at left centre-back and then at full-back, it could give Mourinho plenty to ponder in terms of team selection, especially when coming up against Wilfried Zaha and then Mo Salah.
The Welshman would offer a more defensively-sound presence, that’s for sure.
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