Tottenham Hotspur got their left fullback of the future last season with Sergio Reguilón from Real Madrid, so how does the overall position shape up for 2021/22.
Tottenham signed a new right-back this summer giving Tottenham three first-team right fullbacks for Nuno Espirito Santo to choose from and rotate. Included in that trio are two young players in Japhet Tanganga and Emerson Royal and a veteran in Matt Doherty. Over on the left side, there are two knows but whether or not there is or needs to be a third is definitely a question mark.
Tottenham may or may not have a third left fullback
Whereas the Spurs have clarity in regards to whether or not there is true depth at right-back with Doherty, Tanganga, and Emerson, there are questions at left fullback in terms of a third cog. Sergio Reguilón and Ben Davies are both known but whether or not there is really cover if something happens to either remains to be seen.
Including the preseason the only other players to fill the left fullback role for Tottenham outside of Davies and Reguilón have been academy players. Most notably, we have seen under-23 players Tobi Omole and Maksim Paskotsi.
Paskotsi is the more notable of the two having earned senior-level caps in World Cup qualifiers for Estonia in March. Since the third preseason match, it has been all Reguilón at left-back. The two exceptions have been for the two Europa Conference League matches where Ben Davies played.
Will we ever see Sessegnon at left-back for Tottenham
While Paskotsi and Omole did okay in the early preseason, neither are ready for the rigors of the Premier League if something were to happen to Davies and Reguilón. The real question is if Ryan Sessegnon is in the queue to get some time at left-back as well or if he is only seen as a more attacking player.
Back from a loan with Hoffenheim in Germany, Sessegnon played mostly at left-back there featuring 17 of his 28 appearances at left-back according to transfermrkt.com. However, since the summer has started the only time Sessegnon has appeared at left-back was in his 45 minutes in the Premier League 2 as he returned from injury.
Sessegnon played left midfield and left-wing – a position he never played for Hoffenheim – in his two Conference League appearances. Ultimately, a player without a position is one that can find it hard to get consistent minutes. Whether or not Sessegnon gets minutes at left-back over the course of the season remains to be seen.
What we do know is that Tottenham has two better-than-average left fullbacks already on the roster.