Another game, more dropped points.
It’s been an all too familiar story for Tottenham Hotspur this season.
And whilst that is one of many concerns likely to be ringing round the mind of Jose Mourinho, the vast drop-off in form from Sergio Reguilon ever since his comeback from injury is now surely becoming a major cause for concern.
During their 2-0 win over Aston Villa, the Spaniard was withdrawn before the hour mark following a knock, just five appearances after making his return from a six-game injury absence.
Reguilon had been one of Spurs’ best and most consistent performers this campaign, recording an average rating for the season of 6.85 but he has managed to match or better that tally just once in his last four outings, with Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United the worst (6.05).
At Newcastle United last weekend, he was particularly poor, as outlined by the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick. The £22.5m-rated dynamo was ‘unusually sloppy,’ perhaps as a result of rustiness from his injury and that he ‘created little’ going forward.
Much was the same here back in north London this weekend.
As per SofaScore ratings, only one Spurs player was graded worse (Serge Aurier, 6.2) than Reguilon (6.3) and it’s easy to see as the Spain international was one of the more influential players.
His 71 touches were only bettered by midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (78), as it should be as the Dane pulls the strings from a deep midfield position, but it also shows how Mourinho wants his attack to also be played on the wings, where Reguilon is vital.
However, the 24-year-old was wildly off the pace as he struggled to get to grips with Aaron Wan-Bissaka – he won just one of four duels (25%), failed to deliver an accurate cross from two attempts and could only muster one dribble from three tries, via SofaScore.
This also shows that he majorly struggled with the physical threat on offer and even defensively, he did very little and it resulted in him being absolutely spun out by Mason Greenwood as he breezed past him to pile on the misery with a third strike.
Reguilon was unable to contribute a single tackle, block or clearance and also lost possession 15 times.
Dan Kilpatrick slammed his performance in the Evening Standard’s post-match ratings column, where he ranked the Spaniard amongst Spurs’ worst performers. He said: “Hesitated to get forward, which is his real strength, and loose with the ball. Fatally nutmegged in the build-up to United’s winner.”
Ultimately, this form will be a huge worry to Mourinho as they need to start scoring more if they are to alleviate their defensive troubles and when one of your most creative options isn’t at the races, it’s going to be a very tough ask.
It’s made even worse with Ben Davies out injured, so there’s no other option to soften this disastrous form.