Chelsea have been very active in this transfer window right from the very start. We have already completed the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, two of Europe’s finest attackers and seem to be on the verge of adding Kai Havertz to our ranks as well. However, it will not end there. It is very evident that our problems lie at the back, a number of positions need to be strengthened if we are to compete at any sort of level next season.
One of them being the left back spot. Marcos Alonso, while brilliant as an attacking wing back, seems to struggle when too many defensive responsibilities are bestowed upon him, especially in a back four. In contrast, Emerson has looked decent in patches, but has failed to
find consistency in his performances.
A number of left backs have been linked with the club including Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, who Frank Lampard apparently admires greatly and Nicolas Tagliafico from Ajax, who has been one of the most consistent left backs in Europe for the past few years.
The latest name to join this list is Real Madrid’s 23-year-old player, Sergio Reguilon. The defender spent the 19/20 season on loan at Spanish outfit Sevilla and he excelled there. He was one of the best left backs in the division and could now be available for around 25-30 million euros.
What does he offer?
He boasts a varied skill set, but, his finest attribute is perhaps his ability to carry the ball forward. He topped the La Liga charts for progressive runs last season, which shows how good a dribbler he really is. At 5’8”, his low centre of gravity helps him get past the opponent’s challenges and his quick acceleration allows him to burst into tight spaces. This could suit players like Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner very well, who could exploit the spaces created by him.
These variety of attributes help him in getting in good crossing positions. He attempted 5.34 per 90 last season, the sixth highest of any full back in the division, but could only get a success rate of 39%. This by no means is poor, however, there is definitely scope for improvement there and considering his age, he has enough time to improve on it. Defensively he likes to win the ball higher up the pitch rather being left out and isolated in a 1v1 situation with the opposing winger. His pace helps him cover a lot of ground which helps whenever there is a phase of defensive transition, like when the opposing team sets up for a counter attack.
Overall, he’d suit any team with a possession based system. Teams who like pressing higher up the pitch would benefit a lot from having a player like him. If he could improve on the quality of his final ball, there’s no doubt that he can become one of the top left backs in Europe. Furthermore, if he were to sign for Chelsea, Lampard would have a player that is reasonably good, but can develop and become one highly rated full back in the Premier League.