Spanish daily sports newspaper Sport awarded Sergio Reguilon a rating of just 4/10 for the Tottenham Hotspur defender’s display as Spain beat Kosovo 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Luis Enrique awarded Reguilon only his sixth-cap for La Roja during the World Cup qualifier at the Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri. The Spurs full-back was not initially in the Spain squad for their September internationals, but received a late call-up on Monday to replace Jose Gaya.
Gaya started and scored in Spain’s 4-0 win over Georgia on Sunday, but was forced off late on through injury. While Wednesday marked Reguilon’s first appearance for his country in a year after sitting out 14 fixtures across all competitions.
Unfortunately for Reguilon, though, Tottenham’s £32m defender failed to deliver a positive game for Spain, despite Enrique’s side beating Kosovo. The hosts applied endless pressure to their guest’s high backline, yet could not make the attacks count through errant shots.
Reguilon had started the night promisingly, sending an early shot from the edge of the box just wide. He had further chances on goal and created a chance for Alvaro Morata, too, but dovetailed creativity with repeated fouls.
Enrique ultimately saw enough from Reguilon to replace the Tottenham full-back with Spain veteran Raul Albiol in the closing stages. Following a performance that Barcelona-based newspaper Sport considered indecisive and underwhelming in their player ratings.
“Neither one nor the other,” they noted. “He lacked the courage to overwhelm Kosovo by the band and greater forcefulness to bet on the defence without fissures. His input was scant, inconsistent and unproductive.”
Missed opportunity for Tottenham’s Reguilon with Spain
Reguilon will likely see Wednesday night as a missed opportunity for the Tottenham ace to impress Spain boss Enrique. After a year out of the picture, Gaya’s injury opened the door for his La Roja return. But the 24-year-old’s efforts in Kosovo are unlikely to keep it open.
Nuno Espirito Santo will hope his £48k-a-week defender now bounces back when his north London side visit Crystal Palace. Reguilon has been steady in the Premier League so far this season during wins over Manchester City, Wolves and Watford.
He threw himself into battle against the defending title-holders on the opening day and came out the other side strongly. Reguilon coped well against compatriot Adama Traore when Spurs beat Wolves, too. And did not do much wrong in victory over Watford, to give Nuno hope that Kosovo was just a blip.