Mourinho’s new Bale and Reguilon partnership can prove deadly for Tottenham
One deadly Tottenham partnership has proved key to the team’s rise up the Premier League table so far this season, as reports the football.london.
Losing 1-0 to Everton on the opening day of the campaign, the Lilywhites’ following game against Southampton highlighted the terrific understanding between Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
With Spurs’ No.10 teeing up all four of the South Korean’s goals at St Mary’s as well as netting one for himself in the 5-2 win, the following weeks underlined that the pair are a lethal combination when unleashed together.
Manchester United were tormented by the duo at Old Trafford as Tottenham hit them for six, with the pair once again combining against West Ham and Burnley.
Although Kane did get himself on the scoresheet in their next league game at home to Brighton, another key partnership emerged from the fixture as Spurs sealed a late 2-1 win thanks to Gareth Bale’s first goal since returning to N17.
It was a fine header from the Welshman to find the bottom corner and it came from Sergio Reguilon’s cross from the left after cutting inside to pick out his teammate on the edge of the six-yard box.
Knowing each other well from their time at Real Madrid, Bale has been a key figure in the Spaniard’s life as he idolised him growing up.
“Bale has been an idol for me since that game against Inter,” explained Reguilon (via BBC Sport). “Since that game in the Champions League I started to follow him, to watch YouTube videos of him and I became a big fan.
“I bought his shirts, his books – everything about him. And now being able to be here with him, in the club that raised him…
“I showed him on the plane the tweets that I wrote to him, and the pictures that I have from him, and he enjoyed that.”
Clearly in dreamland after seeing his idol complete a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013, Reguilon’s admiration for Bale can be seen from one of his numerous tweets about the attacker all the way back in 2014.
“One of the happiest days of my life,” he captioned the picture as he proudly stood in his Real Madrid tracksuit next to Bale.
Reguilon progressed through the club’s academy in the Spanish capital and his dream later became a reality as he first got to train alongside the 31-year-old before eventually taking his place in the first team with him.
It would get even better for the Spain international in September as he sealed a transfer to the club that put Bale well and truly on the map all those years ago.
Not only was Reguilon joining Tottenham after a remarkable year on loan at Sevilla, but he had Bale next to him on the plane from Madrid as Daniel Levy agreed on a loan deal for him to return home after seven years away.
The left-back has made an instant impression since his move to N17 and he has had Bale, who he regularly quizzed in Madrid about what life was like at Tottenham, to thank for helping him settle in so quickly and ensuring that he hit the ground running.
Tottenham fans have so far only seen a glimpse of the blossoming partnership between the pair due to Jose Mourinho’s decision to ease the Welshman back in after a lack of game time over the past few years, but we should be seeing a lot more of it after the international break as Bale is now edging his way back to full fitness after seeing his minutes upped drastically over the past week or so.
Bale was quick to point out Reguilon’s key role in his goal against Brighton when they celebrated and it may become a common sight between now and the end of the season.
Reguilon has proved during his short time at the club that he loves to attack down the flank and whip balls in for his teammates, as can be seen from his three assists in eight games so far.
Whether he’s putting them in with his left or coming inside to use his right foot, chances are going to be there for Tottenham’s attackers and especially Bale as he likes to cut in from the right flank and operate in central areas.
As important as Kane and Son’s partnership is for Mourinho’s men given their ability to score and assist each other on a regular basis, it’s only a good thing for the Lilywhites that they have another pair in Reguilon and Bale who can link up and potentially prove decisive in games.
Bale is going to be in the box more often than not for Spurs due to his desire to get on the scoresheet and the goals may flow for him with Reguilon already showing that he can have a major impact on the team’s attacking play.
Reguilon’s aspiration of playing alongside Bale has come true and that in turn may lead to Mourinho and Tottenham achieving their big dreams in 2020/21.