Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes that Saul Nigeuz could be used as a wingback option to Marcos Alonso – and has even been putting the Spaniard on the flank during training sessions.
The midfielder signed on loan over the summer window, making the move from Atletico Madrid, but so far he’s struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
In his two Premier League appearances, he was taken off at half-time, against Aston Villa and Watford.
Free-scoring Ben Chilwell is out injured at the moment, meaning Alonso is now the Blues’ only other wing-back.
But Tuchel has said Saul could do a job on the flank for the west London side.
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He via The Sun: "I think he could play in a wing-back role.
"We sometimes do this in training, that’s why we have the impression he could be a good fit. Maybe in the next games, we have to try it."
In his most recent game against the Hornets, he was taken off at half-time in place of Thiago Silva – while Trevoh Chalobah going moved to midfield. Chelsea won 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Following the game, Tuchel expressed his disappointment with the 27-year-old’s performance.
He said: "I don’t know where he goes from this performance but he was on a yellow card so we had two options.
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"We could have taken Marcos off who also had a yellow card and try Saul as a wing-back.
"I had this in my mind before the game, if something happened to Marcos.
"But I thought maybe it was not the right match to try things with new positions so it was [subbing] him to change the shape a little bit and have Thiago on the pitch with his organising.
The German continued: "Having Trevoh on the number six who is more physical – unfortunately, Trevoh injured himself and we ended up with Ruben on the single six.
"But it was a tactical decision."
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