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Thursday, December 2, 2021

'I won't be surprised' - Chelsea fans agree after Thomas Tuchel's Saul Niguez decision v Watford

  Some Chelsea supporters have been discussing the future of on-loan midfielder Saul Niguez after he was taken off at half-time against Watf...

 

Some Chelsea supporters have been discussing the future of on-loan midfielder Saul Niguez after he was taken off at half-time against Watford.

With the match at 1-1 at Vicarage Road, Thomas Tuchel brought Thiago Silva on for Saul after another disappointing 45 minutes. Saul has not enjoyed his time with the Blues so far, with the 27-year-old making just his second Premier League start since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid over the summer transfer window.

His debut for Chelsea against Aston Villa was nothing short of a nightmare and he was hooked at half-time by Tuchel and in his second start, the same has happened again to the Spaniard.

Some Chelsea fans, when taking to social media after Saul being subbed off, think it could be the last time we see the midfielder in the blue shirt, with rumours over his future beginning to increase.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Tuchel was asked about Saul's lack of game time since joining the club on loan and explained that he needs time to adapt to English football.

"I think every single player needs his time to adapt and Saul needed his time," Tuchel explained. "He competes with a lot of high-quality players in midfield. "We needed to understand him a bit better, not in terms of language, but in terms what is his real strength, the detail of the player, what can he add to the squad, where is his maybe unique quality and it was not easy.

"I guess it’s the first time he plays for another club than Atletico – he comes from the academy there – and we have to accept the style of the game is so different from Spain to here. It teaches us a lesson that everybody needs individual time to adapt and since many days he is stronger, I feel him a bit more relaxed and at the same time that gives him a little bit more freedom to impose his quality.

"He's very strong in finishing, in arriving in the box. In the moment, where we have injured players in the midfield, even Jorgi doubtful for tomorrow, it’s the moment for him to be ready. I have the feeling since many days that he is ready and can show what he wants to show."

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