Tottenham Hotspur return to action in the Premier League today as they host Graham Potter’s Brighton this lunchtime.
A win for Spurs would see them move six points clear of Arsenal and nine points clear of West Ham in the race for fourth, albeit that the Gunners will be able to pull it back to three if they beat Southampton later on.
Despite their emphatic win at Villa Park last weekend, Conte will not be naming an unchanged starting XI for this clash with Brighton. Matt Doherty will be absent as he has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to injury, leaving a spot open at left wing-back.
Whilst he could bring Joe Rodon or Davinson Sanchez in at centre-back and move Ben Davies out wide, we believe that he must finally unleash Sergio Reguilon from the start.
The Spaniard has not started a match for Spurs since the 20th of March against West Ham and must now be brought back into the XI to replace Doherty on the left.
He came off the bench against Villa and caught the eye with a strong showing. As per SofaScore, he won all four of his ground duels, making two tackles, one block and one clearance, and completed two of three attempted long passes.
The £68k-per-week flier has backed up those comments with some of his displays this season. He has two goals and three assists from full-back, averaging 1.2 key passes per game, and this shows that he has the quality to make the difference going forward.
This is why he must be brought into the side as he can help build-up the play down the left to create openings for the likes of Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski and Heung-Min Son.
His attacking style of play can also help to push Tariq Lamptey back as the Brighton man would need to start deeper to deal with the Spaniard’s runs, limiting what he can do going the other way and this is why he will be pivotal for Conte today. He can offer a threat going forward whilst dealing with the Seagulls’ pacey full-back and slot straight in for Doherty.