Tuchel should recall 27-year-old Chelsea player vs Tottenham - TCC View

Tuchel should recall 27-year-old Chelsea player vs Tottenham as unlikely solution in midfield - TCC View

Chelsea’s Saul Niguez has made next to no impact in the Premier League so far this season, but he can be an unlikely solution this Sunday against Tottenham.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has a huge team selection on his hands for this weekend’s Premier League match at home to rivals Spurs.

For Chelsea, they simply need the three points after one win in their previous seven league games. A poor run of form has seen them slip to third in the table, with plenty of the teams below perhaps now fancying their chances of catching them.

A win against fifth-placed Spurs should calm some nerves around Stamford Bridge, and Tuchel’s men should feel confident after beating Sunday’s opposition twice already this month in cup fixtures.

One bold decision that Tuchel should make is to recall Saul.

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Time for Saul to shine at Chelsea

Saul, 27, has been a bit-part player since joining in the summer on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.

He’s yet to complete 90 minutes in any of his five league appearances this campaign, but there’s no doubt there has been a significant improvement in his performances in cup competitions. For example, he was excellent for 73 minutes when Chelsea beat Spurs 2-0 earlier in January in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie.

Tuchel loves to rotate between Chelsea’s superb midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. In fairness, each of them has played lots of football since returning from respective injuries and illnesses, so bringing in one pair of fresh legs for what will be a fast-paced game against Spurs makes sense.

Left-footed central midfielder Saul should be recalled to the XI next to Kovacic, with the duo both starting on the bench in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton.

There should certainly be no fear for Saul after showing his quality against Spurs this month. Also, he’s growing into his first taste of English football.

He keeps the ball ticking over nicely in the centre of the park, plus he’s got plenty of aggression in his game with some of the tackles he puts in.

Tuchel said earlier this month that Saul’s “stepped up”, so now is the perfect time to reward him with a start.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.