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Tottenham Hotspur Ace Is Set To Be Fit For Arsenal Clash: Massive Boost For Spurs?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview ahead of the North London derby (via Football.London), Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho revealed that Sergio Reguilon is set to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Arsenal. When asked about whether the Spanish defensive ace will be available for selection on Sunday, Mourinho said, “I believe so. He had a little problem. He was not available.

“It was not like I wanted to protect him. He had a problem, but it’s the kind of problem that I can say I expect him to play.”

Reguilon’s Impressive Start To His Tottenham Career

Reguilon has made a strong start to life in England since joining from Real Madrid last summer. He deserves credit for putting in a run of consistent displays on the left side of Jose Mourinho’s defence. The 23-year-old has participated in ten matches for Spurs this term, picking up three assists and two yellow cards across all fronts.

The Madrid-born talent has caught the eye by contributing at both ends of the field as he is averaging 1.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 2.3 clearances, 1.0 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Premier League this season. Reguilon has also distributed possession relatively well as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 77.7% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Tottenham Hotspur's Reguilón set to be fit for Arsenal clash (Reguilon is seen in the picture)
Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by N’Golo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

What Does The Spanish Left-Back Bring To The Table?

Reguilon is blessed with electric pace which allows him to make some encouraging runs with the ball down the left flank. He possesses excellent ball control and can deliver some promising crosses into the opponent’s penalty area.

The five-time Spanish international is also a capable defender at the back as he can pull off a few essential interceptions for his team. He is also quick to scan the danger and is not afraid to put his foot through the ball when attempting to clear his lines when required.

Reguilon Set To Return Vs Arsenal: Huge Boost For The North London Outfit?

Reguilon has been an upgrade over Ben Davies so far this season because of his consistency on the pitch, so his return this weekend would be a massive boost for Mourinho. Spurs are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table but only on a better goal difference. Hence, Mourinho would want his best players on the field so that his side has the best chance of securing all points in the North London derby.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast in English football heading into the busy Christmas period, Tottenham will rely on Reguilon’s services a lot over the next few weeks as they try to consolidate their spot above the reigning champions of England, Liverpool in the league standings.

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