Chelsea monitor €25M rated defender as Chilwell alternative

Chelsea have been forced to expand their search for a new left back and according to Sky Sports, the Blues have started looking at other options such as Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Real Madrid’s loan sensation Sergio Reguilón.

23-year-old Reguilón is coming off an impressive 2019/20 campaign which saw him voted into the La Liga team of the season after excelling during his loan spell at Sevilla and helping the team to a fourth-place finish and now the Europa League final.

According to Transfermarkt, Reguilón was a constant figure in Julian Loptegui’s side featuring in the starting XI for 76% of Sevilla’s matches by making 36 appearances this past season.

Reguilón helped Sevilla reach yet another Europa League final as they beat Manchester United. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE DAILY MAIL.

The Spaniard has also attracted the attention of fellow Premier League Club Everton who, like Chelsea, are in the market for a left-back this transfer window

Strengths

Reguilón, like most modern full-backs, loves to get forward and attack when possible. He averaged 1.5 dribbles per game which is an improvement compared to Marcos Alonso’s 0.7 dribbles per game for the 2019/20 campaign.

He has the ability to move the ball well and build-up play from the left flank which is essential for full-backs in the modern game as he averaged 1.3 key passes per game and 0.9 shots per game.

He only managed three goals and four assists in 36 appearances last season which is on par with Alonso’s numbers of four goals and two assists.

Sevilla’s Suso, right, celebrates with his teammates after he scored his side’s first goal during a Europa League semifinal match between Sevilla and Manchester United, in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY AP PHOTO/MARTIN MEISSNER, POOL.

These numbers are sure to improve as the 23-year-old Spaniard is only just coming into his stride and looks to be a top full-back after just one season of regular first-team football.

Weaknesses

Reguilón is a solid defender but his overall defensive game could use some improving.

While having an eye for tackle the Spaniard is not always successful in every attempt as he averages 1.7 tackles a game but also averages 1.7 fouls a game which is something I’m sure Frank Lampard is not too fond of as he looks to plug holes in Chelsea’s defence.

Transfer Verdict

According to Transfermarkt, Sergio Reguilón’s current market value is €25m which is significantly cheaper than Leceister’s Ben Chilwell who is valued at €40.00m.

While cheaper than Chilwell, Reguilón will need to make some improvements on the defensive side of his game but can also allow Chelsea the financial flexibility to pursue a deal for German wonderkid Kai Havertz.

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has warned Chelsea that transfer target Kai Havertz may not have the ‘strength and power’ required to play in the Premier League. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE DAILY MAIL.

Reguilón might be open to new pastures as Real Madrid seemingly have Ferland Mendy and Marcelo locked in as their left-backs for next season and the 23-year-old would need regular game time to continue his development.

Despite not being Frank Lampard’s main target, he could be a prominent figure in Chelsea’s defence given time and the necessary coaching to help him improve the defensive side of his game.

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