Pat Nevin has admitted he’s “surprised” by Chelsea’s decision on yesterday’s transfer deadline day to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez on loan.

The Blues completed a season-long loan deal for the 26-year-old La Liga star on Tuesday, which includes the option to sign him on a permanent basis for £30million next summer (Sky Sports).

Saul is arriving at Stamford Bridge for his first taste of the Premier League, albeit he’s played against English opposition in the Champions League over the years. 

The Spanish central midfielder should be able to compete with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic for a starting position. 

He’s someone that is defensively sound from his years working under Diego Simeone and it’s intriguing to see how he adapts to the English game. 

However, Nevin has raised doubts over the transfer. 


“It’s one of those odd ones because Chelsea are loaded with players in every single position, yet Saul Niguez is a quality player – but you just think: ‘Where?’ I don’t get it. I am quite surprised by that one,” Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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Saul Niguez deal amazing for Chelsea

You could perhaps see from Saul’s point of view that he’s moving to the European champions this season where he’s not guaranteed a starting position. Therefore, Nevin is somewhat surprised about his motive. 

However, Chelsea have made a big move to strengthen the club and landing him on an initial loan deal is a no-brainer for them.

There is every chance he could follow the same path as Kovacic by joining permanently after a successful loan, so it’s up to him now to show the kind of form from his early days at Atletico. 

Saul definitely has the individual ability to shine in West London.

His last-minute addition caps a very successful window.

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