What is it about Watford?
The go-to “terrible Chelsea individual performance” of the last few years was Tiemoue Bakayoko’s awful showing against the Hornets in Antonio Conte’s doomed second season.
Now it’s Saul Niguez’ turn. The Spaniard is having an absolute shocker, along with a few other players in this team. We would be very surprised to see him in the second half, but then again with the squad stretched so thin, Thomas Tuchel has very few options to replace him with.
The fan on Twitter who called him “completely lost” was spot on. The Atletico loanee might be the first player to be subbed at half time in two of his first 5 league games for a club.
Major changes are needed, and it will be fascinating to see what Tuchel does to fix things. This is where a manager really earns their wage.
You can see a selection of the reaction in the Tweets embedded here:
Saul is always lost in Chelsea games.
Wrong tackles, wrong passes, completely lost all the time.#WatChe
— Francis Eze (@francisneze) December 1, 2021
Saul needs to come off at half time please! He was completely anonymous in the first half and giving Rudiger too much to do trying hard to cover up for his inadequacies! Shocking!!!
— Antoine (@drtonyeka) December 1, 2021
Bring me some midfielders. I physically cannot watch Saul and Ruben for another 45 minutes
— sabeh (@sabeh_sahn1_12) December 1, 2021
Yeah defence looked shaky without him, but my word if he hasnt taken off Saul he’ll lose the league here https://t.co/POGNwds6s9
— Yoghurt (@TheChelseaTalk) December 1, 2021
Saul makes J5 look rapid
— ✂️Luca Surrey London (@lucamortellaro1) December 1, 2021
Saul thank you back to Madrid
— Andre tom (@AndreOkorie) December 1, 2021
Saul must be subbed
— a man has no name (@khulekaniZulu5) December 1, 2021
Im off to Spain if alonso and Saul is the standard 😭😭😭
— leomorbin (@leomorbin13) December 1, 2021
That was painful – an absolute VOID in midfield – Saul can't come back 2nd half surely … RLC looked like he was made of porcelain ! Our much vaunted defence looked like a struggling U15 side – A gutless, spineless half – Tuchel's got 15 mins to sort this absolute mess out.
— Andy Saunders (@mrasaunders) December 1, 2021
Saul needs to go back to Spain. That guy is done out here
— Dèjì (@Dejohv) December 1, 2021
Very poor 45 minutes from Chelsea. Passive midfield, Loftus and Saul very poor. Alonso🤐🤐🤐
— Focused Youth (@Register2023V) December 1, 2021
That midfield is a disaster. Saul might never come good.
If Tuchel doesn't fix up, Chelsea will lose this game. #WATCHE
— Mr Pampam (@Ola_Pampam) December 1, 2021