Marcos Alonso confident Saul Niguez will be a 'very good' signing for Chelsea despite poor start since Atletico switch

CHELSEA wing-back Marcos Alonso is certain Saul Niguez will come good at Stamford Bridge.

Saul has struggled to settle in South-West London after arriving on an initial season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.

He made his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa in September but was hooked at half-time by Thomas Tuchel after a torrid 45 minutes.

And the 26-year-old has not played in the league since that game on September 11.

He has been restricted to Carabao Cup action and played 76 minutes in the third round penalty shootout victory – also against Aston Villa.

But teammate Alonso is convinced Saul will be a success.

The 30-year-old vowed to Cadena SER: "Well, he’s a newcomer.

"He’s in the adaptation phase, but he’s a great player and he’s going to be very good for us."


Alonso also went on to praise Tuchel since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January.

The Spaniard has seen a resurgence in his form and is Tuchel's first choice on the left hand side.

He's preferred to Ben Chilwell in the German manager's wing-back system.

Alonso claimed: "With us, he was able to change the team very quickly and now he wants to continue improving us.

"We are very pleased with the coach since day one, and to have him around this season.

"I’ve had a lot of great coaches. At the end of the day everyone has their things.

"It is clear that he is a great coach, in the footballing and the personal aspects.

"He reads matches really well, we prepare really well under him. It is an advantage having a coach like that."

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