SaveChelsea understands that while Ben Chilwell has often been the name shouted loudest in Chelsea’s pursuit of a new left-back, Sergio Reguilon is also very much in the mix.
The defender is set for a breakthrough at Real Madrid after making his debut under Julen Lopetegui, but Zinedine Zidane didn’t see him as part of his plans this season.
This led to a loan move to Sevilla, and a reunion with Lopetegui, and Glenn Hoddle spoke glowingly of the Spanish under-21 international ahead of his team’s Europa League quarter-final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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“Obviously he’s not the finished article yet but he’s full of confidence,” Hoddle said, pointing to Reguilon’s strength going forward and question marks defensively.
“He’s got a lovely, lovely left foot and he’s so confident in the final third running at people.”
Reguilon was a little quieter against Wolves than he has been for the most part this season, perhaps aware of the threat on the counter-posed by Adama Traore.
Ultimately, though, the Wolves man’s most dangerous moments – including the penalty he won in the first period – came down the other side, and there’s something to be said for Traore seeing the vastly experienced Jesus Navas as an easier target at times.
Still, there were a couple of occasions in the first half when Reguilon got in behind Matt Doherty, providing the kind of late-arriving threat Chelsea have become accustomed to from watching Marcos Alonso.
While the 23-year-old’s crossing wasn’t at its best, we could still see the kind of movement and willingness to get involved which will please Chelsea fans and explain why the club sees him as a potentially cheaper alternative to Chilwell.
There was also an underwhelming shot around the hour mark, again showing off Reguilon’s movement if not his consistency and providing further evidence of what he might be able to offer the Premier League club.
While the quarter-final wasn’t Reguilon’s most productive game, it still gave us a bit of insight into the type of player he is.
Only 25 players in La Liga were able to beat his average of 0.9 crosses per game (via WhoScored), while Jordi Alba was the only left-back in the division to beat his 47.4 passes per game.
A return of 1.6 dribbles per game also puts him in good company, creeping into the top 25 of all La Liga players alongside new Manchester City recruit Ferran Torres and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, though he was pipped in this metric by Ferland Mendy, the man who essentially took his place in Madrid.
On the defensive side, meanwhile, Reguilon’s 1.8 tackles per game are enough for him to rank in the top 50 in the division.
Real Madrid won’t let Reguilon leave on the cheap, despite having spent €48million to bring in Mendy from Lyon last summer.
The Spanish champions are believed to want a fee in the region of €25m for the left-back, who came up through their youth set-up and played for Real Madrid Castilla before earning a first-team bow during Lopetegui’s brief spell in charge.
However, this is still likely to be comfortably less than Leicester’s asking price for Chilwell, and he certainly has a lot going for him even at that price.
Over the last few years, Chelsea has sought left-backs who are strong going forward, as they switch between four and five at the back without the need for too dramatic a personnel change.
A player like Reguilon looks more than capable of performing that role, and the Blues will have another opportunity to see how he fares against English opposition when Sevilla take on Manchester United in Cologne for a place in the Europa League final.