Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho reflected on his side’s win over LASK on Thursday night by claiming that Ben Davies and Sergio Reguilon can both play together in the same XI.
Spurs started the group stages of their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory at home to Austrian outfit LASK.
The North London club failed to find top gear, but they did enough with goals from Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son, as well as an own goal from Andres Andrade.
Mourinho decided to push full-back Davies into an unfamiliar centre-back role and he partnered Davinson Sanchez at the heart of a traditional back four.
That allowed summer signing Reguilon to play left-back, where he was constantly an attacking threat pushing forward with his speed.
Davies and Reguilon are the two recognised left-backs in the squad competing for the one position, but Mourinho believes his trial was a success on Thursday night and that he can fit them in the same team.
“He played sometimes back three I believe with Maurizio [Pochettino], with [Ryan] Giggs and I think even with Chris Coleman he did that many time with Wales,” Mourinho said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“To play only with two is quite a new thing for him, but very intelligent man and very intelligent player understands perfectly what the team needs.
“Left-footed, there are not many centre-backs left-footed. It’s a plus on the build up of that side. And I’m happy because it was clear that Ben and [Sergio] Reguilon can play together”.
Reguilon, 23, has looked sensational since he joined in the recent transfer window from Real Madrid and it looks like he’s a nailed-on starter at left-back moving forward this season.
That leaves 27-year-old Welshman Davies as his understudy for the full-back position, but perhaps Mourinho has given a hint that he may be used at centre-back more often and he raised a key point that he gives the team more balance with his left foot.
The stand-in captain is clearly highly-rated by the Spurs boss and he will only help his game-time with a flexibility to slot into the defence centrally or out wide.