After signing Romelu Lukaku for £ 97.5m and his pre-international break against Liverpool at Anfield Road, European champions Chelsea have extended their title win by signing Saul Niguez on Deadline Day.
Gary Neville described it after arriving from Atlético de Madrid. Saul, whose one season loan deal includes a £ 30million option to buy next summer, brings “massive experience” to a team already full of it. Saúl’s pedigree is undeniable.
He arrives at Stamford Bridge at 26, having amassed 340 games with Atlético and won 19 games with Spain. The” massive experience “Neville mentioned , includes trophy triumphs both domestically and in Europe.
The last one came just a few months ago when he helped Atlético achieve La Liga glory, but it was time for a change. Diego Simeone once said that Saúl “everyone.” Had qualities to be one of the best midfielders in the world “.
The world” but his position at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium had declined in recent years.Saúl started his first two league games of the season against Celta de Vigo and Elche, but both as left-backs.
With a typically selfless manner, Saúl did what was asked of him in these games with full commitment and even provided the template for the decisive goal by Ángel Correa in the 21st win against Celta.
However, he is now hoping to return to a central position at Chelsea. Leaving Atlético was “tough,” he added last week, “but it was a great opportunity for me and me.
Saul went into more detail about joining Chelsea in a separate interview with Ibai Llanos, a popular esports personality. “That’s the most important reason for my decision,” said Saul.
“The three player in that position are at a high level and it is not easy to start,” but if but if I focus and fight I can do it Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic bring different qualities from Tuchel’s midfield.
Jorginho is a metronomic passer who dictates the game and orchestrates the attacks; Kante is a tireless running back who provides excellent defensive cover; Kovacic is a powerful ball carrier that excels in one-on-one situations.
However, Saúl offers a bit of everything. Sergio Busquets, who has accompanied him several times internationally in the Spanish midfield, describes him as a “very complete player”.
Luis Enrique, Spain coach, used the same term. Neville, meanwhile, is hoping it will “hugely” strengthen Chelsea. “”chelsea look sophisticated in midfield with the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.,
“The addition of Saul makes him stronger and stronger. They only need two with their style of play, but the addition of Saul means they can challenge on all fronts.
Saul describes himself as a ‘box midfielder who likes’ attacking and scoring goals, “but Tuchel will appreciate his defensive qualities as much as his attackers.
Playing under Simeone requires a willingness to” suffer “” outside of possession “, and that’s where Saúl excels. He is tactically intelligent and defensively hardworking.
Even last season he averaged more tackles per 90 minutes (2.5) than any other Atletico player.
Saúl also has an impressive history in big games. One of his first goals for Atlético was a formidable kick from above in a 40-pound blowout against fierce rivals. Real Madrid in 2015.
He was only 20 years old at the time, but soon developed the habit of shining in the Champions League. When Atlético defeated Liverpool in the final stages by 16t