'He has improved': Tuchel says Chelsea man is playing so much better now than at the start of the season

Thomas Tuchel noted Saul Niguez’s vast improvement from his initial arrival at Chelsea to the present day.

As quoted by the club website, Tuchel felt the Spaniard’s significant development deserved a mention.

Saul is beginning to shine

In the last two matches, Saul has shown the Stamford Bridge faithful the player they were promised when he was signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer  

He enjoyed an excellent evening against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup semi-final last Wednesday, arguably his finest outings for the Blues to date.

Seemingly unphased by the significance of the occasion, the 27-year-old finally looked at home in his South West London surroundings.

The midfielder then followed up this performance in the derby with an equally assured display during the 5-1 FA Cup victory over Chesterfield on Saturday.

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Despite the Spireites minnow status, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and beat the National League leaders Saul certainly did.

Tuchel a happy man

“I think he will be an important player for us and I hope so as well,” said Tuchel on his rejuvenated signing.  

“I see more confidence in him with each game, he is in good shape and his adaptation to the way we play has gone further from before.

“You can see this in his game now. He is more open, he understands the language better now and these are all important things to consider when talking about Saul and how much he has improved recently.

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“He is having much more impact on games than he was doing at the beginning of the season and this is very important because I’m convinced we will need every player to compete in every competition from now until the end of the season, especially at the moment where we are playing every three days.”

What does the future have in store for Saul?

If Saul can progress even further, he really will have a noteworthy part to play between now and the campaign’s conclusion.

Continue in this vein of form and Chelsea’s decision whether or not to sign him permanently should become a lot trickier than originally anticipated.

It would seem cruel to send him straight back to Madrid after making such strides in the past few weeks.

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Yet, there are still plenty of matches to be played before the Blues need to make their judgement call.

All Saul can do for now is to keep up the good work and help Tuchel win some trophies.

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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.