'What it means is': Gary Neville explains how Saul signing will change Chelsea this season

Gary Neville said the addition of Saul Niguez on deadline day will allow Chelsea to fight for every trophy available to them this year.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville was reacting to the news that the Blues had managed to steal Saul away from Atletico Madrid at the final hour.

The Spaniard is all set for a season-long loan at Stamford Bridge, and there could be a permanent contract waiting for him at the end of the campaign.

Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

His move from Madrid only takes Chelsea’s transfer incomings up to three, but the quality outweighs the quantity in this instance.

Saul was a serial silverware collector with Atletico, fresh from claiming the league title in his homeland last season.

He will be hoping to build upon his collection under Thomas Tuchel’s stewardship, who is already fostering a decent lot with the Blues.

Blues just got better

Neville believed the midfielder’s addition would aid Chelsea in their quest for domestic and European domination, as he adds extra potency to an already awesome squad.

Photo by Rubén de la Fuente Pérez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

“He’s just another excellent player,” said the former Manchester United defender.

“Massive experience at the top of La Liga. Massive experience in the Champions League.

“International. Fits the Chelsea profile of players who are ready.

“The addition of Saul, along with (Romelu) Lukaku, makes them stronger and stronger and stronger.

“It’s the midfield with (N’Golo) Kante, Jorginho and (Mateo) Kovacic, that’s already really strong.

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

“What it means is that they can challenge on all fronts.

“When you think of Chelsea wanting to win the Premier League and Champions League, you do need four for those two positions.

“Jorginho isn’t going to be able to do every week, we know that.  

“From that point of view, it’s a really good signing. Strengthens them enormously and makes them to me, more formidable than they did last Saturday.”

Chelsea have already laid down their credentials by earning a point away to Liverpool on the weekend before the international break.

Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

They did so with 10 men for 45 minutes, after Reece James received a red card for handball.

Saul will certainly have enjoyed what he witnessed from his new colleagues; the type of display Atletico’s manager Diego Simeone would have been proud of.

Next up for Tuchel’s side is a visit from Aston Villa in 10 days’ time, where the home crowd could see their latest signing in the flesh.

 Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.