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Sergio Regulión completes Spurs Transfer- Who is the Spanish Left Back?

Tottenham have announced the signing of Real Madrid’s Sergio Regulión.

The defender arrived in North London for €30 million (£27.5 million) on a five year deal, with Spurs winning the race to secure the signature of the highly rated Spaniard ahead of Premier League rivals Man United, who also held a strong interest in the left back.

The Red Devils were looking to strengthen their options at left back and saw Reguilón, who had a successful spell on loan at Sevilla last year, as the ideal candidate to compete with Luke Shaw for a starting berth.

The stumbling block for United was Real Madrid’s insistence on including a buy back clause in the deal, whilst Los Blancos also wanted a payment of €30 million up front, with United only willing to do a deal of €20 million plus add ons.

Their hesitance allowed Spurs to swoop in, with the Lilywhites accepting a buy back clause active for two years, believed to be in the region of €45 million depending on various incentives, according to the Guardian.

Regulión is an attack minded full back who joined Real Madrid’s La Fabrica academy at the age of eight and worked his way up through the various youth ranks.

He got his first taste of senior football in 2015 when he was loaned out to Segunda Division B outfit UD Logroñés for the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign. He featured sparingly, making just nine appearances before returning for a more successful loan spell the following season.

He played 30 games as a more advanced left winger and scored eight goals, establishing himself as a regular in the third division.

On his return to Madrid, he featured heavily in the Castilla side, signing a new contract in 2018 after catching the eye, before new boss Julen Lopetegui promoted him to the first team for pre season ahead of the 2018-19 season.

He made his debut in October 2018, starting in a 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before making his league debut in a 2-0 win over Real Valladolid the following month.

He would go on to register a further 11 appearances for Los Blancos, as Marcelo’s form dipped, but the return of Zidane as manager slowed his progress.

Frenchman and fellow left back Ferland Mendy was brought in from Lyon to replace the ageing Marcelo, pushing Regulión down the pecking order given Mendy’s terrific form for Los Blancos.

A reunion with Lopetegui at Sevilla for the 2019-20 campaign allowed Regulión to get regular minutes at the highest level, and he certainly grasped that chance.

He enjoyed an impressive season, featuring in 31 games, scoring twice as Los Palanganas finished fourth in La Liga. He also played a key role in helping them to win the Europa League for the third time in the last five years.

Regulión is made very much in the mould of a modern full back, sound defensively but devastating driving forward. He created 40 chances in the 2019-20 season, the fourth best in Europe’s top five leagues for full backs under the age of 23.

This is an interesting stat considering this was the Spaniard’s first full campaign at the highest level.

He was named in the Europa League team of the season and won his first cap for Spain in the recent international break, starting in the Nations League victory over Ukraine.

He will certainly be an upgrade on Spurs’ current options at left back, Welshman Ben Davies who is solid yet unspectacular, particularly going forward and the engimatic Danny Rose, who has been told to train with the Under 23s after returning from a loan spell at Newcastle.

Real Madrid’s insistence on including a buy back clause highlight that they value Regulion’s clear potential, and don’t want to lose him forever.

They may well exercise the clause if he impresses in London, as he could be the ideal heir to replace Mendy in a few years, with the Frenchman already 25 and often struggling with niggling injuries.

The buy back clause could be a cause for concern for Tottenham, but in the short term (and Mourinho is well known for making signings for the here and now) it represents a good deal for Spurs as they look to transform an ageing squad, which has grown stale with a lack of signings in recent seasons.

Like Doherty on the right, Regulión will be tasked with being a creative outlet on the left, linking up with Son and putting in crosses for Kane to attack. He will also be asked to do his bit defensively, and working under a defensive minded coach like Mourinho would no doubt aid this part of his game.

He may need some time to adapt to the physicality and speed of the Premier League, but for a player with a good injury record and such great potential he should shine in England.

Liverpool have shown the significance of attacking, mobile full backs in the modern game and the combination of Doherty and Regulión should excite Tottenham fans as much as the pairing of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold on Merseyside.

POCH OUT, JOSE IN AT SPURS

Tottenham’s poor start to the season has resulted in Mauricio Pochettino losing his job. It was not long ago that Pochettino was one of the most admired and sought after managers in the business, yet now he has been sacked by Spurs despite being heavily linked with the Real Madrid managers’ position in the summer – following his success in guiding The Lilywhites to the Champions League Final. His achievements speak for themselves; when he took over Spurs were a Top 4 outsider, he turned them into the closest challengers to Liverpool, Man City and Leicester for the premiership title. All whilst developing young players and playing attractive attacking football. It comes as no surprise to me that he is already being linked with another top job as Bayern Munich are reportedly interested as are Real Madrid once more.

What went wrong?

Tottenham’s success was considered more remarkable due to the fact Lucas was their only signing over 2 transfer windows. But this created a togetherness and team spirit which were key elements in reaching the illusive Champions League final. This summer this changed with money being spent on new players, existing players linked with moves away and Pochettino himself linked with other clubs. Bringing players in with the aim of building on what he had already done was what it seemed Spurs needed. But with players like Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld seemingly seeking moves away it all added up to less cohesion and team spirit than beforehand.

Tottenham became one of my favourite sides to watch under his management and I fear this could change under the new man in control. José Mourinho is renowned for defensive football or “parking the bus” as it has been referred to as and this is the complete opposite of Pochettino. He likes 2 defensive midfielders whose prime focus is to protect the back 4; this could result in Eric Dier being brought back into the team in place of Harry Winks – despite his recent success in the International break for England. His wide players in a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 formation need to track back which for me casts further doubts on Eriksen’s future at the club. However one thing that Mourinho always seems to do is win trophies and that is the one thing Spurs under Poch didn’t do, so the question is whilst they might not be as entertaining or attacking if they win a trophy will this be forgiven?

Do you think Mourinho is a good replacement for Pochettino?

3 possible candidates for the Bayern job

Bayern München have sacked manager Niko Kovac following their 5-1 loss away to Frankfurt on Saturday. But who should replace him?

Bayern sit forth in the Bundesliga and top of their group in the Champions League so it has been in no way a failure of a season. With this in mind, who ever replaces him won’t have the biggest job on their hands to turn the Bavarians fortunes around. 

Arsene Wenger

The former Arsenal Premier League winner is one of the favourites to take the job. After spending twenty-two successful years at the Gunners, the seventy-year-old has spent the last few years being a pundit. But the mastermind that lead Arsenal to a whole season unbeaten could go back into management with one of the best teams in Europe.

Max Allegri

A more realistic and probably conventional option for the Bundesliga champions is Max Allegri. After being sacked in early 2019 by Juventus, Allegri has been without a job which is surprising considering his known quality. Allegri started his managerial career at Serie D side Aglianese and has never ventured out of Italy but with more experience of modern football and a more nailed down football style, he would be a much better acquisition. 

Jose Mourinho 

The Champions League winner is the bookies favourite to take the job but he has also been linked to the Arsenal job if Emery gets the sack. The former Manchester United man has publicly implied that he is looking for a job and Mourinho would fit the bill at the German club well.

 

Who ever takes the job has a great platform to build from. Bayern sit just four points behind top spot which isn’t a big deficit to make up over the rest of the season. Add in the form of Lewandowski and the arrival of young defenders Pavard and Hernandez and you’ve got some very big players with a bright future.

4 signings that could turn the fortune for Manchester United next season

Since Solskjaer took over as caretaker Manager at Old Trafford, United have looked a totally different side in contrast to what they were under Jose Mourinho , playing the brand of football that was always associated with Manchester United. Even though they have had a slump off late against Arsenal and against Wolves in the FA Cup, it is still believed that Solsjkaer is the front runner to take over the permanent job in the summer. The heroics against PSG in the Champions League adding more positives to his claim to take over the Job.
However, the recent loses against Arsenal and Wolves have indicated there are certain departments that need reinforcements and here we look at Four players who could change the fortune next season for the club if Ole was to sign them:

  1. Adrien Rabiot :

United need a Central defensive midfielder as Matic is already in his 30’s and in Rabiot , they can have someone having quite similar traits and who plays in a quite similar position for PSG which Ole has been opting regularly for United. He can even act like a deep lying playmaker, allowing the likes of Herrera and Pogba to play higher up the field.
Rabiot is a top class talent and very young, however the only problem with him could be his attitude, shown by his rejection to play for France and also a fractured relationship with PSG. But, knowing how Solsjkaer nurses young talent, this could be a fresh start for the young Frenchmen, and with his contract running out his summer, it could be a bargain for United.

2. Alex Grimaldo :

     The la Masia graduate, currently playing for Benfica , may have struggled to get into Barcelona first team, but he has now developed into one of the best young left backs in the continent. He is a versatile, technically gifted full back who can be deployed in midfield as well like David Alaba or Joshua Kimmich. Manchester United need a left back to cover up Luke Shaw , because in Ashley Young they don’t really have a specialist to compete with Shaw in the position and Grimaldo could be another astute signing for the Red Devils.

3.    Jadon Sancho :

    United have failed to have a natural right winger for many years now , with both Mata and Lingard  having tendencies to play more off the middle and drift inside. In Jadon Sancho they could have a long term solution for this problem. He has been absolutely brilliant for Borussia Dortmund this year and United could utilize the width he provides on the right side for their attacking play.
He might not come cheap, but with his immense talent and age, United could be ready to pull the trigger in the transfer market for this young English sensation. 

4. Kalidou Koulibaly :

One of the primary problems that United have failed to rectify is a world class player in defense and koulibaly could prove to be just the player they need to sort out all defensive fragilities. Considered as one of the best ball-playing center-backs in Europe, his raw pace and power make him a daunting player to go up against. He is a natural leader, always vocal on the field and can contribute in improving other players playing around him in the defensive line. At 27, he will be entering his peak years and with his experience and leadership qualities, he could prove to be an inspired United signing.

Should Jesse Lingard be a regular starter for Man Utd?

Manchester United have thrived this year, despite being second place in the league. And one of the stars has been Jesse Lingard, who, as a Manchester United fan, has been at the club all of his life. He came through the youth set-up, got the odd start in the first team and now has established himself as a great talent and asset for José Mourinho.

In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “He is 19, came through our youth system and is built like Jean Tigana was for France. But he never got into the limelight until he was about 24, and I think that’ll be the same for Lingard.”

That quote proves, if ever any more proof were needed, that Sir Alex Ferguson was a football genius. He got it spot on with Lingard, who has already scored eight goals this season.

The fact that United’s attack is so destructing, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and even Paul Pogba, and Lingard is still fighting and doing extremely well for minutes proves that he is the talent that can do excellently for his boyhood club.

He scored the winner at the weekend against Chelsea, in a crucial game which saw United claim second place, and it is fair to say that without Lingard, United would not be anywhere near where they are now, especially with the race so tight for the Champions League places, and the fact that he has offered so much in goals, assists and most importantly work ethic.

Having a fan on the pitch is always a bonus, and Mourinho is seeing that Lingard is a great bonus to him with his sheer determination, running around the pitch and work ethic. Therefore, it is clear to see that Lingard should definitely be a regular starter, or at least super-sub, as he was on Sunday, for Manchester United.