Chelsea supporters are in agreement after reading that Saul Niguez is reportedly willing to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish midfielder joined the Blues on a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day in August, with huge expectations upon his shoulders as he arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Saul made his debut for Chelsea in September against Aston Villa in the Premier League but was substituted at half-time in the win in west London after a poor performance.
Thomas Tuchel admitted after the win against Villa that he made a mistake by starting the 26-year-old so early on in his career at the Blues.
“It was a hard decision but I had the feeling he struggled. There were some big mistakes, passing mistakes, easy ball losses which is very unusual for him. He struggled with the intensity. You could see he isn’t fully adapted,” Tuchel said.
“Hopefully he can accept it was completely my responsibility. I had the feeling he could jump in and play at that level.
“I put him into a very difficult match after the international break and it was hard to adapt the physicality in general, and to the intensity and high pressing of Aston Villa. Also it was hard for him to adapt to our system and principles.
“I thought it was maybe better to change him and to give us more stability in the centre and switch the shape.”
Saul has played just four times since his debut in September – with only two of them being from the start – with the Spaniard facing tough competition in the centre of midfield.
However, the Atletico loanee is willing to fight for his place under Tuchel and will use the international break to try and revive his loan spell in England, according to a report from the Telegraph on Monday evening.
Saul has ‘no plans’ to try and return to Atletico in the January transfer window and has ‘settled well into life in England’.
Tuchel is said to have already reassured the midfielder that he will get chances – and Chelsea supporters agree, when speaking on Reddit.
With Saul not being selected for the latest Spain squad, he is one of a handful of senior stars that will remain at Cobham during the international break and the plan for Chelsea and the Spaniard is to ‘work intensively’ with the coaching team in order to get him ready for the Blues’ Premier League clash with Leicester City on November 20.
The next few days could be key in Saul’s future at Chelsea and he will be hoping he can revive his loan spell in London so he can secure a permanent move to England next summer.
Source by Football London