Comparing Sergio Reguilon’s stats to Tottenham’s left-backs last season
Reguilon caught the eye on loan at Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla last season, establishing himself as a key player as they secured a top-four finish and won the Europa League. But parent club Real Madrid already have Marcelo and Ferland Mendy and are willing to offload the 23-year-old.
That could see Tottenham strengthen in a key area, having already brought in Matt Doherty to play on the opposite flank. Is he an upgrade on their existing options? Here’s how he compares to Ben Davies, Danny Rose and Ryan Sessegnon, based on their stats last season.
Goals and assists
Reguilon registered two goals and four assists in La Liga in 2019-20, averaging a direct contribution to goals every 418 minutes.
None of Spurs’ left-backs registered a goal or assist in the Premier League last season, with Davies registering the most minutes for the club (1,432 across 18 appearances), while Rose failed to register a goal or assist across 1,760 league minutes between Spurs and his half-season loan at Newcastle.
Twenty-year-old rising star Sessegnon only made four Premier League starts, totalling six appearances and 343 minutes, and may well adapt to a different position going forward.
In Sevilla’s Europa League-winning run, Reguilon registered one goal and one assist, the same return as Sessegnon from limited opportunities (three appearances, 196 minutes) for Spurs in the Champions League last term.
Shots, dribbles, fouls won
As well as his direct end product, Reguilon comes out on top in terms of most offensive metrics in direct comparison to Spurs’ current options.
Last season in La Liga, he registered 0.9 shots, 1.6 dribbles and drew 1.5 fouls per match – more than any of his Tottenham counterparts on each count.
For Spurs in the Premier League last term, Davies registered 0.4 shots, 0.5 dribbles and drew 0.4 fouls per match, Rose recorded 0.8 shots per game, 0.8 dribbles and drew 1.4 fouls per match, while Sessegnon – from a much smaller sample size, so take it with a pinch of salt – recorded 0.2 shots, 0.7 dribbles and 0.3 fouls won per match.
Once again it’s the Madrid man that comes out on top in almost every area for passing.
He was more involved in Sevilla’s play than any of the left-backs at Tottenham, recording 47.4 passes per match in La Liga, compared to 44.2 (Davies), 39.2 (Rose) and 26.5 (Sessegnon).
Reguilon was also tidier when it came to his passing accuracy, a not-too-shabby 81.4%. At Spurs, Davies registered 76.6% passing accuracy, Rose 80% and Sessegnon 77.4%.
In line with his rate of assists, Reguilon was also good at finding team-mates in good areas and playing the final ball before they shot at goal (‘key passes’) – 1.3 per match, more than Davies (0.5), Rose (0.9) and Sessegnon (0.3).
One area that will undoubtedly be important to Mourinho is how much his new left-back contributes defensively.
On that basis, he registered more tackles per match (1.8) than Spurs’ existing options – Davies (1.2), Rose (0.7) and Sessegnon (0.7) – but did commit more fouls, 1.8 per match, compared to 1.5 conceded per match by Davies, 1.2 by Rose and 0.7 by Sessegnon.
He also made fewer clearances (1.4 per match) than all three of Rose (2.5) and Davies (2.3) and Sessegnon (1.7).