NOW may not be enough to earn him a permanent move to Chelsea, but Saul Niguez put in his best performance in the Blues so far on Wednesday night.
Granted, the pre-match scores weren’t set too high, but it must have been a difficult prospect facing hateful foes Tottenham in such an important game.
The The West Londoners had an easy 2-0 win in Carabao Semi-final first leg against Spurs.
And Saul – on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season – is also cozying up in the middle of the park alongside Jorginho in just his 12th appearance for the Blues.
The Spain international, 27, had a pretty smooth first half, which is probably exactly what he wanted after his previous poor performance in the blues.
But he did what he had to do on and off the ball Chelsea dominated their away team and made it 2-0 at the break.
However, he really thrived in the game in the second half and won one of the biggest cheers of the night after a rough tackle on Son Heung-min.
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Thomas Tuchel He sent the ball wide of the post midway through the half, but the Spaniard bounced back and was quickly hit from the other end when a deft flick went wide of the post.
He was confusingly substituted for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 71st minute, which seems like an odd decision given he’s been playing so well and doesn’t mean Tuchel needs to give him a Premier League break.
However, he was given a warm welcome when he left the field with Mason Mount.
And the stats supported his night’s work with Saul completing 89% of his passes, winning six tackles and three interceptions, winning seven duels. and even played two important passes.
While an extension to his stay at Stamford Bridge is highly unlikely, he is certain to at least secure a starting spot in the second leg at the new White Hart Lane next Wednesday.
And almost certainly for Chesterfield’s trip to the FA Cup third round on Saturday.
There’s no way back Atlético because of the salary cap system of Spanish football.
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He was transferred in August so his parent club could pay up-and-coming star Antoine Griezmann.
So it looks like he will be stuck in West London for the rest of the season.
But if his fortunes continue to change, his performance against Spurs was a good catalyst.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17233706/saul-niguez-chelsea-quality-spurs-catalyst-carabao-cup/ Chelsea dropped Saul Niguez proves there’s quality in him after all and his showing Spurs could be the catalyst for change