Sergio Reguilon has had a rough go of things as of late. Continually battling injury, he’s bounced from Tottenham Hotspur to a few loan clubs, unable to make a lasting impression due to his physical struggles. The latest of these was Manchester United, where he made an excellent first impression whilst covering for Luke Shaw, until that same, familiar pattern emerged: injuries, before fading from contention due to inconsistency, leading to the Red Devils sending the Spaniard back to N17.
Reports emerging today, however, indicate another club is willing to give Reguilon the chance to reignite his Premier League career. L’Equipe (because why wouldn’t a French outlet have information on a Spanish player moving between two English clubs?) and Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports are both reporting that the Bees are interested in bringing in Reggie on loan as they battle to stay above the relegation zone. If it was just L’Equipe reporting this, we’d probably file it under #BatCountry and you’d be hearing it from me in my weekly column; but Lyall Thomas adds a bit more weight to the report (even though he sometimes gets things wrong as well) so there’s at least a bit of smoke here.
Brentford, like a number of teams (including Spurs) have been DECIMATED by injury, suspensions, and international departures this season, with the likes of Bryan Mbeumo, Yoanne Wissa, Ben Mee, and (of course) Ivan Toney all currently missing. The key absence for Spurs and Reguilon, however, is that of Rico Henry, Brentford’s starting left back. Henry underwent surgery back in September to treat a significant knee injury and is not expected to play again this season.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are starting to look a bit more robust in defense (he says as he touches every piece of wood within arm's length, crosses his fingers, and throws salt over his shoulder). Ryan Sessegnon has just returned from injury, Mickey van de Ven has the pace to be an option at left back, Emerson Royal has been solid when he’s covered the left side, and the signing of Radu Dragusin means Royal will likely not be needed to deputize in the center. With that said, the injury of Ben Davies could mean Spurs may opt to keep Reggie around as injury cover; the club have been bitten before when acting in a more hopeful manner in moving depth out of the club - remember the Davinson Sanchez sale?
Outside of emergency depth though, there isn’t really a spot for Reguilon at Spurs. His passing is honestly pretty terrible, and in the modern game, let alone Ange Postecoglou’s inverted fullback system, that just doesn’t work. The physical workload needed to operate in Ange’s system is also pretty extreme, and though Reggie has the athleticism to cover the ground required, the toll it would take on his already injury-prone body would mean he’d just end up back on the treatment table sooner rather than later.
All of this means the stars are potentially aligning for a Reguilon shift to West London. This likely won’t be the last you’ll hear of this link, and we’ll bring you more as the news filters through.