‘Should start tonight’: Some Chelsea fans urge Tuchel to play £30m-rated man v Southampton

Chelsea are preparing to face Southampton tonight in a domestic cup competition – and some Blues fans on Twitter are rallying together to claim Saul Niguez should get a rare chance to play. 

Chelsea host Premier League rivals Southampton on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup Round of 16.

The Blues previously beat the Saints at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, securing a 3-1 league victory. However, they scored two late goals through Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to grab the three points.

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Chelsea fans demand Saul plays v Southampton

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media say that Saul should be promoted to the starting line-up against Southampton. 

The Spanish midfielder has made just three appearances for the London club all season, which included a poor debut when he was substituted off at half time. He’s moved to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal that includes a £30million option to buy.

The 26-year-old spent a large spell of his Atletico career bossing it in the centre of the park, but he appears to have lost his way.

N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are the favoured central midfield options for Chelsea. It looks like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley are above him in the pecking oder, too. 

Here are some Blues fans that are desperate for Saul to get another shot in the XI:

It’s now or never

If Saul doesn’t play tonight against Southampton, it looks very unlikely he can carve out a Chelsea career. 

The left-footer is already on the fringes of the Blues squad and not playing in the Carabao Cup would be a real kick in the teeth.

He deserves another chance to show his quality.

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