THERE was undoubtedly an element of good fortune in Sergio Reguilon’s (£2.9m) winner against Leeds on Sunday.
The full-back could not miss as a rebound off the post from a deflected free-kick fell into his path from only a few yards out.
However, while a certain degree of luck was involved, many Tottenham fans would argue that the Spaniard deserves his fair share of fortune for all the effort he exerts.
His intensity and work rate are the attributes that are likely to endear him to Antonio Conte, a coach who demands total commitment from his regulars… as well as the fans in the stadium.
The Italian tactician’s appointment immediately prompted Dream Team gaffers to consider which assets may flourish under fresh guidance and Reguilon’s name is one that comes to mind first.
The 24-year-old is not without his faults but his desire and energy can not be questioned – he seems to fit the profile of a typical Conte wing-back.
His position is another reason why he’s being tipped for an upturn in returns in the coming months.
When Conte was Chelsea manager he famously employed a pairing of Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs with great success.
On Sunday, the 52-year-old set his team up in his preferred 3-4-2-1 formation and while it wasn’t a vintage performance by any means, there are enough pieces of the puzzle there for Dream Team bosses to envisage the big picture.
It’s not too difficult to imagine Reguilon mirroring the role Alonso fulfilled in 2016/17, when Conte lifted the Premier League trophy.
Spurs’ No3 is more likely to chip in with assists than goals since he’s a better crosser than Alonso but seemingly not as confident taking up scoring positions himself.
Of course, while attacking contributions are the mark of the very best defensive assets, clean sheets remain the bread and butter in the realm of Dream Team.
The fact Reece James (£5.9m) has notched four goals and five assists in all competitions is key to his mountainous points tally of 109, he wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the rankings if it weren’t for Chelsea’s unmatched defensive record.
If Reguilon is to thrive then he will need Conte to sort out Spurs’ overall defence – the club have only kept two clean sheets in all competitions since the start of September.
Some Dream Team managers may be tempted to go early on this one given the upcoming fixtures.
Spurs play NS Mura this Thursday then face Burnley, Brentford, Norwich and Rennes in their next four.
While that’s certainly an appealing set of match-ups, surely we need to see a more significant improvement from the north Londoners before backing them to the hilt?
Reguilon has a modest points tally of 31 at this stage but keep an eye on his returns going forward.
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