Thomas Tuchel reportedly promised Saul Niguez ‘prominence’ in the Chelsea team, while Joe Cole has called on the club to hand Thiago Silva a new deal.
The majority of the 2021-22 season has been plain sailing for Chelsea, but some small cracks have started to show in recent weeks.
The Blues dropped points at home against Burnley and Manchester United recently, while in midweek they scrapped to a 2-1 win over Watford. Then on Saturday, they were beaten 3-2 by West Ham United after another tepid performance.
While Chelsea are now two points off the top of the table, there will be no panicking from Thomas Tuchel. Nevertheless, with some zest gone from his team’s play and injuries mounting up, he may be tempted to tweak the squad in January.
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Tuchel breaks Saul promise
Mundo Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness ) have reported that Tuchel offered assurances to the Saul Niguez before he joined the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Saul has failed to show his best for the European champions so far and was substituted at half time in the midweek win over Watford.
According to the report, Tuchel “promised him prominence” in terms of playing in a central midfield berth. The Chelsea manager said recently Saul could provide cover in the left wing-back position following the injury to Ben Chilwell.
Mundo Deportivo say the comments about playing out of position are the “worst possible news” for the Spain international.
Cole urges Chelsea to sort Silva contract
Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole believes the club should tie Thiago Silva down to a new contract.
The Brazilian defender was on the scoresheet and performed well for the Blues on Saturday, that despite their 3-2 loss to rivals West Ham.
Speaking to BT Sport (h/t Metro ), Cole said the 37-year-old has done enough to earn the extension.
“There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be given another one-year deal because he’s been outstanding,” he said.
“When he plays in the centre of a three, having the system where the wing-backs are high, he has so many options and when you’ve got a player with a range of passing like Thiago Silva he’s going to look unbelievable.”
Competition for Tchouameni
According to The Athletic (h/t Football.London ), there is a “lot more competition” for reported Chelsea target Aurelien Tchouameni.
The Monaco midfielder has excelled for his club in recent weeks and his performances for France this season proved he is capable of shining on the biggest stage.
With injuries to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, the Blues are looking a little light in central midfield positions at the moment. However, with Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United creditted with an interest in the player, signing him may be a big challenge.