Report: Player surprised by his lack of chances since joining Chelsea

Atletico Madrid loanee Saul Niguez was reportedly left surprised by the amount of time he has spent on the bench at Chelsea this season.

Earlier, a report from The Telegraph highlighted the uncertainty over the 26-year-old’s future at Chelsea.

The report claims that the Spaniard is unlikely to make an early return to Spain due to Atletico’s being unable to have him back in the wage bill following Antoine Griezmann’s arrival.

Saul is reportedly still committed to fighting for a place at Chelsea and intends to train intensively under Thomas Tuchel during the international break.

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However, a Spanish source told The Sun that Saul was “surprised” by the lack of chances he has had at the club.

It is said that Saul knows he needs time to adjust to the Premier League.

But while he does not expect to play in every game, he finds it difficult to “show that he can handle it” with such a limited playing time.

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Chelsea outcasts’ resurgences spell trouble for Saul

His disastrous Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in September is not the only reason Saul has struggled for game time.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and, to a certain extent, Ross Barkley have both jumped ahead of him in the pecking order after showing solid displays in the last weeks.

Tuchel simply picks the better options and as it stands, both Loftus-Cheek and Barkley have proved to be more reliable.

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