Saul Niguez is “frustrated and surprised by his lack of playing time at Chelsea”, with the loaned midfielder “concerned about his continued exile in Spain after being excluded from Luis Enrique’s last team”
- Saul Niguez joined Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid over the summer
- However, the 26-year-old has only featured five times in all competitions so far.
- Saul hoped the move to Chelsea would also help Spain’s recall ambitions
Saul Niguez’s move to Chelsea has fallen short of expectations so far, with the loaned midfielder increasingly fed up with being marginalized, according to reports.
Saul joined the Champions League winners in Spain’s summer transfer window from Atletico Madrid, hoping the change will help his international ambitions – having not represented Spain since November 2019.
However, the Spaniard has spent the majority of his time in West London as a spectator watching the sideline action as an unused substitute.
Chelsea midfielder on loan Saul Niguez reportedly frustrated with lack of playing time
Sual has been largely a spectator since arriving this summer – often just an unused replacement
Things haven’t gone as planned for the Spaniard under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel so far
And the sun claims the 26-year-old is ‘surprised’ by his lack of playing time – especially as his current situation has seen him neglected for Spain’s final team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers this month – prolonging his exile from the configuration of Luis Enrique.
A Spanish source told the post: “It’s not quite what Saul expected. He’s not stupid and doesn’t think he should play every game, he knows he It may take some time to get used to English football.
“But when he’s barely playing in the Premier League, how can he adapt? He comes from a big club and has already played in big games. He wants to show he can handle it.
“He’s not angry, he’s happy in London, just like his girlfriend. They are determined to see movement.
“But he would like the chance to play a little more. Being so much on the bench was a surprise.
“Saul is also thinking about his place in the Spain team, which is understandable. These things are important.
The 26-year-old’s last international appearance for Spain dates back to November 2019
Saul has presented five in total for Thomas Tuchel’s side since making his debut against Aston Villa on September 11.
He was hooked at half-time in that encounter and was out of their next five Premier League outings before making a narrow appearance in a 3-0 win at Newcastle on October 30.
However, he was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Burnley. What is perhaps alarming for the Spaniard is the fact that Ross Barkley – who was not initially given a squad number by Tuchel this season – was fortunate enough to start this clash before him.
Ross Barkley (center) was picked to start in midfield against Burnley ahead of Saul on Saturday