Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he is open to the possibility of playing Saul Niguez at left wing-back for Chelsea.
The Spanish midfielder has been unable to make an impact since completing his surprise loan move from Atletico Madrid in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.
Saul has started just four games for Chelsea this season and he was brought off at half time in the 2-1 victory over Watford on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea face the prospect of being without Ben Chilwell for the remainder of the campaign as he may require knee ligament surgery, which means the Premier League leaders are now heavily reliant on Marcos Alonso to step up.
But Tuchel believes Saul could be capable of deputising for Alonso during Chelsea’s busy fixture schedule over the winter period.
When asked about the possibility of playing Saul as a wing-back, Tuchel replied: ‘Yeah, he’s still adapting.
‘He had an early yellow card [against Watford], he was a bit shy to play all-in in the duels.
‘For that we lacked a bit of his physicality because he did not want to risk a red card which was a good thing on that evening because we did not want to be one man down.
‘I think that he could play in the wing-back role for us.
‘Even if we play a dominant game and an offensive game because he’s very strong in arriving in the opponent’s box, very strong in finishing and has good timing to arrive on the second post with his head.
‘We sometimes do this in training, that’s why we have the impression that he could maybe be a good fit. Maybe in the next games we have to try it because Chilly is out long term and a lot of games are coming and we cannot put every game on Marcos’ shoulders.’
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