Oscar Sanz reckons Sergio Reguilon falls in between two areas in Zinedine Zidane’s eyes, which is, perhaps, why he was sent out on loan to Sevilla in the summer.
The El Pais journalist, who was speaking in an interview with Bleacher Report, was reported to believe that the left-back was not of the same attacking ability as Marcelo, whilst he is neither as adept in the art of defending as Ferland Mendy is considered to be.
Despite the 22-year-old managing to dislodge Marcelo for part of last year’s campaign (he managed to make 22 appearances across all competitions), perhaps, there is some justification to what Sanz has said regarding the Spaniard.
In the matches he played for Los Blancos, he only managed to register three assists, whilst the Brazilian managed to stump up six in his 34 outings last season (per TransferMarkt).
However, Reguilon’s loan spell at Sevilla already appears to have brought the best out of the youngster recently, as his form had been rewarded with a call-up to Spain’s national side for the latest round of international fixtures.
The left-back has become a key cog in Julen Lopetegui’s side this season, as he has featured in seven of their eight La Liga matches so far (per TransferMarkt) and has managed to provide one goal and one assist for the Andalusian-based outfit.
Indeed, according to the data collected by WhoScored, it appears Reguilon is enjoying his football in the south of Spain, as he has managed to achieve 1.9 key passes, a passing success rate of 81.4% whilst defensively he averages 1.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and one clearance per game.
In comparison, Marcelo has managed an average of 1.3 tackles, one interception, 0.7 clearances, three key passes and 86.2% completed passes in his three La Liga appearances, whilst Mendy has achieved 3.5 tackles, two interceptions, one clearance, no key passes and 85.7% completion in his two top-flight appearances since joining Real Madrid from Olympique de Lyonnais in a deal worth up to £47.1m (BBC).
Perhaps, there is an argument that Reguilon deserved more of a chance to show that he can perform for Real Madrid going based on the current figures he has been able to achieve whilst on loan at Sevilla.
Indeed, if he continues to work hard, then the possibility that he plays for his parent club on a regular basis in the future is certainly something that is possible, but it would appear as though he may have to prove to Zidane that he is better at one discipline than some of the current stars at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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