Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel risks angering Saul Niguez with press conference comments | Football | sport
Chelsea chief Thomas tuchel risked angering Saul Niguez by hinting that he might go against his wishes by playing him out of position. The Spaniard joined Chelsea on a one-season loan deal with Atletico Madrid this summer but has been a huge disappointment so far.
Saul has been used sparingly by Tuchel this season and has only made 10 appearances throughout the quarter.
The 27-year-old is really struggling for form and suffered the ignominy of being substituted at halftime in the Blues’ midweek victory over Watford.
It was the second time this season that the midfielder has been hooked on the gap, suffering the same fate on his debut in September.
Tuchel admitted after the 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road that he “didn’t know where Saul could go from here” after another disappointing performance.
Saul’s performance has been so poor this season that it has led to reports claiming that he was only signed to “please his representatives” and that his loan deal could be cut short in January.
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However, Tuchel has suggested that he might have a new plan to get the best out of Saul, although his idea may come at the risk of angering the player.
Saul wanted to leave Atletico so he could play in his preferred central midfielder position after Diego Simeone used him as a utility man, deploying him mostly at the back.
Despite this, Tuchel admitted he could choose to have him play in a different position for Saturday’s clash with West Ham.
Speaking about Sual in his press conference on Friday, he said: âI think he can play as a winger. Maybe in the next few games we will try him and not charge all games to Marcos Alonso. “
Despite his poor performance, the Chelsea boss insisted that Saul still had a role to play this season as he clarified his decision to pull him out at halftime earlier this week.
He added: âSaul is always adjusting. He had a yellow card and was a bit shy to do everything in all duels.
“He didn’t want to risk avoiding a red card. He’s very good at reaching the box, finishing and delaying. Also in second balls. He can fit in well.
“In the next few matches we will be testing whether Chilwell is away for a long time.”
Chelsea have the option of signing Saul for good at the end of the season for around Â£ 30million, but that seems highly unlikely at the moment.