Sergio Reguilon still has a “big part to play” for Tottenham this season, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Since testing positive for Covid-19 last month, the Spain international has fallen out of favour and hasn’t started a game since the beginning of February.
What’s the latest news involving Reguilon?
Reguilon has pretty much been first-choice at left-back or left wing-back from the moment he arrived for £27.5m from Real Madrid back in 2020.
Ben Davies provided little competition last season, but Reguilon’s spot as number one on the left is more under threat than ever before.
Uncertainty about his position firstly came about when he was dropped for the defeat to Wolves on 13 February, with Ryan Sessegnon handed just a second league start of the season.
Reguilon’s positive Covid test then saw him miss the victory at Manchester City six days later, and while he returned to the squad for the games at Burnley and Leeds, he was an unused substitute in both.
The 25-year-old was once again on the bench for the FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough on Tuesday with Sessegnon starting a fifth game on the bounce. Reguilon did play the final 15 minutes of extra-time, although he wasn’t able to save Tottenham from suffering an embarrassing fifth round exit.
It’s unclear whether Reguilon was left out of the starting line-up for the last three games due to his lack of match sharpness because of Covid, or whether Sessegnon has moved above him in the pecking order and is now Antonio Conte’s preferred option.
What did Jones say about Reguilon?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Let’s see when Reguilon is in top condition again, because his pedigree can’t be dismissed, and I think he’s still got a big part to play.”
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Who is Tottenham’s first-choice left wing-back?
Right now, it appears that Sessegnon is first-choice, with Reguilon needing to win his place back in the side rather than come straight back in when he’s fully fit.
But Sessegnon hasn’t exactly been in top form in Reguilon’s absence. He was impressive at Leeds, claiming his best WhoScored rating (7.77) of the season, but he didn’t catch the eye against Burnley and Middlesbrough.
Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see who Conte picks against Everton on Monday. By the time the Toffees visit North London, it’ll be nearly two weeks since Reguilon made a full recovery from illness, and we should therefore get a good indication as to who the Italian sees as his best option.