According to multiple reports, Chelsea have made a loan offer for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.
The versatile 26-year-old lost his regular starting place at the La Liga side last season. Despite that, Thomas Tuchel could use Saul in his system under some circumstances, according to ExpectedChelsea on Twitter.
“I’m watching a few big Atletico games from 2015-18 to see how an in-form Saul would fit our team,” the fan writes in his thread.
“His ability to both sides of midfield is pretty rare for a left-footed player. His motor and ability to win duels are second to none too.
“His game vs Roma in 17-18 – the same game where Alisson announced himself – was the standout.
“Won a ton of duels and moved the ball well enough. Equally comfortable playing behind and ahead of the ball. It’s a bit reductive but I think he’s very much a Klopp midfielder.
“He brings something unique to our midfield in terms of attacking space. Our current 3 midfielders all prefer seeing the ball rather than exploiting space. Saul is the opposite.”
“But it also means he has never been a high-volume passer. That raises Qs about his fit with Kante.
“The fit with Jorginho is very natural. Less so with Kovacic but Saul has shown flashes of being the more positionally disciplined half of the duo – in a 1-0 win over Valencia in 17-18.
“I think the closest Chelsea-related comparison to him is Ramires – in a very positive sense.
“There are a million ifs and buts here – if Tuchel can get him back to his best, if Saul can settle in England, etc – but it’s easy to see why Tuchel backs himself to get the best out of him.
“Nothing set in stone yet but there is a good player in him. Can we bring him back?”