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Is Saúl Niguez already in trouble? RLC & Barkley taking a step to Chelsea

Is Saúl Niguez already in trouble?  Chelsea's midfield outcasts intensify spells bad news for the loaned star

The displays of a pair of Chelsea midfield stars against Southampton on Saturday could spell bad news for loaned talent Saul Niguez.

Saints shot down

Thomas Tuchel’s men resumed their Premier League campaign just over 24 hours ago.

After falling for a second straight loss in all competitions during the week, the Blues welcomed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints at Stamford Bridge, with their sights set on a return to winning ways before the international break.

And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Chelsea achieved.

Despite the scare courtesy of James Ward-Prowse’s draw in the second half, goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell finally proved enough to guide the hosts to a 3-1 win.

Chelsea, in turn, secured a place at the top of the Premier League table, ahead of tonight’s showdown between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Does Saul slide further down the hierarchical order?

However, as described above, in the middle of an otherwise positive work afternoon, a blues star was likely to feel completely concerned.

The player in question? Saul Niguez.

Spanish international Saul moved to Stamford Bridge on loan over the summer but has since had a less-than-ideal start in the Premier League.

In a couple of appearances, both against Aston Villa, Saul primarily struggled to come to terms with the pace of the game, and his only Premier League came against Dean Smith’s men having proven to be of such a disappointing nature that Thomas Tuchel was was left with little. another option than hooking it up at rest.

In turn, with Atlético de Madrid already behind N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order of midfield at Chelsea, it certainly became a cause for great concern when two of the other options for Pensioners’ midfield shone on Saturday afternoon.

First came Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had a rare opportunity to impress early on against Southampton.

And this turned out to be an opportunity that the once-hyped talent went on to grasp with both hands, completely impressing amid an otherwise mediocre Chelsea performance, courtesy of an almost unique blend of athleticism, cunning and sheer frankness.

RLC even managed to contribute key assist for the Chalobah starter.

Then when Loftus-Cheek was dragged into the final ten minutes at Stamford Bridge, the man who replaced him, Ross Barkley, also played an absolutely crucial role.

The sumptuous pass from the former Aston Villa player led directly to a throwback from César Azpilicueta that scored the goal from the hosts’ advantage, with Barkley’s penchant for always looking forward as a necessary addition against a stubborn Southampton backline. .

The 27-year-old, in turn, has undoubtedly joined Loftus-Cheek in Chief Tuchel’s good books.

Does this leave Saul Niguez as the sixth pick central midfielder at Chelsea today? It certainly looks that way …

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 7 12 sixteen
2 Liverpool FC 6 eleven 14
3 United manchester 7 8 14
4 Everton FC 7 5 14
5 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 3 14
6 Manchester city 6 eleven 13
7 West Ham United 6 5 eleven
8 Aston Villa 6 2 10
9 Arsenal FC 7 -5 10
10 Brentford fc 6 3 9
eleven Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -1 9
12 Tottenham Hotspur 6 -5 9
13 Leicester City 6 -3 7
14 Watford FC 7 -3 7
fifteen crystal Palace 6 -3 6
sixteen Leeds United 7 -7 6
17 Southampton FC 7 -5 4
18 FC Burnley 7 -6 3
19 Newcastle united 7 -8 3
twenty Norwich city 7 -14 1
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 5
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 3
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 3
Raphinha Leeds United 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle united 2

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