Chelsea: for Saúl, it does not go as planned … – Football

On loan from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea, Saúl Niguez is in distress in England. The Spanish midfielder has only appeared in two Premier League games this season.

Chelsea: for Saúl, it does not go as planned ...

Saúl has played little since joining Chelsea

« It’s not quite what Saúl expected.In the columns of the Sun, the entourage of Saúl Niguez spoke about his difficult start to the season at Chelsea. Arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid last summer to redo the icing after a complicated exercise in Spain, the 26-year-old midfielder is disillusioned. He hardly plays in England.

A hungry play time

Since his arrival in London, the Spanish international has only taken part in five meetings: two in the Premier League (Aston Villa, Newcastle), for a single start, two in the League Cup (Aston Villa, Southampton) and one in Champions League (Malmö). Which makes it, with 239 minutes played, the third least used player in the London workforce, behind Christian Pulisic (180 minutes), who has returned from more than two months of absence, and Ross Barkley (238 minutes).

« He’s not stupid and he knows he can’t play every game. He is well aware that adapting to English football can take time. But how can he adapt with playing so little in the Premier League?», Annoys those around him. « He comes from a great club with which he has played great matches. He wants to prove he can handle. He’s not angry, he’s happy in London, but he would like the opportunity to play a little more. Being so much on the bench is a surprise for him.« 

A future already sealed?

Is Thomas Tuchel ready to offer him more opportunities? « He must work hard and seize opportunities when they arise», Declared the German at a press conference. A speech not really reassuring for Saúl. The Daily Express even believes that Chelsea are already considering breaking their loan in January … We don’t know if the European champion will go that far, but we can already think that he will not lift his option purchase fixed at 40 million euros.

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