‘I don’t know where he’s going from here’

THOMAS TUCHEL has admitted he ‘doesn’t know’ what comes next for Saul Niguez after another shocking Chelsea performance.

NS loan signing deadline Was gifted a rare appearance against Watford with Jorginho injured, but was led by Tuchel in the first half.

Saul failed to run at Stamford Bridge


Saul failed to run at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty
Saul's tournament stats this season are amazing


Saul’s tournament stats this season are amazing

It was only his second Premier League game for the Blues, and his second Break.

And say later 2-1 win over Hornets, Tuchel delivered a damning verdict against his midfielder.

He said: “I don’t know where he is going after this performance but he got a yellow card so we have two options.

“We could have taken Marcos [Alonso] who was also shown a yellow card and tried Saul at full-back.

“I had this in mind before the game, if something happens to Marcos.

“But I thought maybe it wasn’t the right match to try new positions, so [subbing] he changed shape a bit and had Thiago on the field with his organization.

“There’s Trevoh [Chalobah] in number six, who was in better shape – unfortunately Trevoh injured himself and we ended up with Ruben at number six. But it was a tactical decision. “

Tuchel insists it was a tactical decision, although the Spaniard’s stats this season are eye-catching for all the wrong reasons.


In just over 90 minutes in the league, he made a tackle and couldn’t even contribute a vital pass, let alone score or assist.

Ben Chilwell’s injury Tuchel has weighed in on whether to play Saul at full-back, with Marcos Alonso being his only option currently in the position.

Despite the limited game time, Chelsea fans were tired of Saul.

One grumbled: “Send Saul back to Spain, we’ve been duped.”

Meanwhile, another person raged: “Saul doesn’t deserve to be a Chelsea player”.

The Blues have the option to loan Saul permanently at the end of the season for £40m.

But even Tuchel admits he’s not sure what’s next for the midfielder, which is hard to see that the option is brought up.

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Huynh Nguyen

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