Chelsea have been searching far and wide for a left back, with names such as FC Porto’s Alex Telles, Ajax’s Nicolás Tagliafico, and of course Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell linked.
A new addition to that list is Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilón, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla (and is still playing for them in the Europa League as we speak). Who is he and why are Chelsea interested? Let’s find out.
Sergio Reguilón is a Real Madrid academy product, having joined the club at the age of eight. After rising through the youth ranks, he went out on his first loan in 2015, joining Logroñés in Segunda Division B. But due to a lack of playing time, he was recalled in January.
The following season, Reguilón tried again with Logroñés. This time, things were different. The young left back managed to nail down a starting spot in the team, and finished the 2016-17 season with 7 goals and 1 assist to his name.
Building on that success, he spent the next season with Real Madrid’s B-team, then managed by Santiago Solari. Solari’s faith in the 20-year-old was rewarded with 2 goals and 4 assists in 30 appearances, with the youngster also named team captain for 11 of those matches.
Dribbling, dribbling and more dribbling!
Reguilón simply loves dribbling. And he’s good at it, too, with great technique, close control, and excellent pace making him a nightmare to deal with for opposition defenders. Only winger Lucas Ocampos and midfielder Ever Banega have attempted more.
Compared to a few other left backs, including Chelsea linked Ben Chilwell and Lucas Digne, Reguilón only ranks behind the man who took his spot at Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy. (Chilwell’s dribbling numbers are quite concerning; his success rate is the lowest at just 37%.)