Not only is Sergio Reguilon saving lives, but he may have also saved Nuno Santo’s bacon as Tottenham Hotspur made it three wins on the bounce this weekend, despite reports of the Portuguese being under intense pressure in north London.
It wasn’t too long ago that an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal saw many outlets, including The Evening Standard and The Sun, claim that the 47-year-old was fighting to keep his job, just months into his reign.
Spurs have now thrashed NS Mura in the UEFA Conference League and secured wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the Premier League, scoring a whopping ten goals in the process.
By comparison, the Lilywhites had only scored four goals in their opening six league games beforehand.
Nuno has largely relied on the attacking exploits of Heung-min Son, who currently sits as their top goalscorer on four goals, three more than the prolific Harry Kane, who only opened his 2021/22 account at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The South Korean sensation rates out as Spurs’ second-best player (7.15), per WhoScored ratings, and he ranks first for shots (2.9) and key passes (2) per game, proving to be a major influence in the attack.
However, it is the Spaniard at left-back who has proven to be a bit of an unsung hero and that’s not just because of his urgency in the northeast to alert the referee.
He’s been delivering the same sort of intelligence on the pitch, particularly in their recent outings. And after a concerning dip in form last season following injury, it’s certainly a welcome return to the Reguilon they know and love.
Averaging a rating of 6.93 for the campaign, the 24-year-old provided one assist on Spurs’ way to victory against the Magpies and he has also notched six clearances, five tackles, three interceptions across their last two league games, via WhoScored.
So not only is he doing his defensive duties but he is also getting up the pitch to provide some extra creativity in the attack. He’s delivered just as many assists as Son in those games, for further context.
Previously lauded as a “complete player” by his former Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui and dubbed a “phenomenal” left-back who “everyone loves at the club” by football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, it’s clear to see that Reguilon has a major influence in north London.
The £36m-rated dynamo has certainly been Nuno’s saving grace, ever since he started to appear on the hot seat in the dugout.