Real Madrid Full-Back Is On Napoli’s Radar This Summer: What Should Be Zidane’s Play Here?

Manchester United intensifying efforts to land Sergio Reguilon who is seen in the photo
Sergio Reguilon of Sevilla FC reacts during the Liga match between Sevilla FC and Valencia CF at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on July 19, 2020 in Seville, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Gianluca Di Marzio has recently stated that Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon is on Napoli’s radar this summer after the Italian outfit decided to inquire about the player as Gennaro Gattuso is looking to strengthen his defensive department for the new campaign. It is understood that the Naples giants could face competition from the Premier League in the race to acquire the services of the Los Blancos defender, who is enjoying a solid loan spell with Sevilla at the moment (via Gianluca Di Marzio).

Reguilon’s Eye-Catching Loan Spell At Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Reguilon has featured in 35 matches for the Spanish club this term, registering three goals and four assists on all fronts. His stats showcase just how much he has matured as a left-back during this campaign. However, there is still some room for improvement as far as his productivity is concerned in the final third.

The Madrid-born dribbler has found some consistency with his all-around contributions on the left side of Julen Lopetegui’s defence after averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in La Liga and the UEFA Europa League this season. He has even completed 81.4% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier, which proves just how well he can distribute the ball from the left (stats via whoscored).

Reguilon is primarily a left-back, but can also play in a more advanced role for his team if required. He can also be deployed as a wing-back or as an out and out winger down the left flank, so Zidane should consider keeping someone as useful as him at the Spanish capital beyond this summer.

Real Madrid full-back Reguilon is on Napoli's radar (Reguilon is seen in the picture)
Sergio Reguilon Rodriguez of Sevilla FC looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sevilla FC and CFR Cluj at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 27, 2020, in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

What Will The Spanish Defender Offer On The Field?

Reguilon has got decent pace in his locker and excels at making some promising runs on the left-wing. He takes care of the ball well in the opposition half and can get to the by-line to deliver a few inviting crosses into the opposition penalty box. He is also a hard-working defender who is proficient at sensing the danger and securing possession back for his team.

What Should Be Zidane’s Play Here?

At the moment, Zinedine Zidane has already got Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Nacho vying for the left-back spot at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Hence, he doesn’t have enough room in his squad to ensure regular game time for Reguilon in the upcoming campaign.

With all things considered, it makes sense for Los Blancos to entertain the possibility of selling the Spaniard this summer as Zidane can use the money from his potential sale to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season. Reguilon can also benefit from sorting out his long-term future so that he can concentrate on improving his overall game in the next few years while embarking upon the peak stage of his football career.

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