Trevoh Chalobah plays in midfield for Chelsea as Saul Niguez hauled off again

Chelsea were dire in the first half against Watford, and we all expected Thomas Tuchel to respond.

In particular the Blues’ midfield was awful, and we reckon with 5 subs and some alternatives on the bench, Tuchel would have taken off both Ruben Loftus-Cheek AND Saul.

However with his squad stretched so thin he pumped for removing just the latter – his second half-time hauling in just a handful of starts for his loan club.

Thiago Silva is on in his place, and he will play in defence, with the versatile Trevoh Chalobah stepping into midfield – a position he has some significant experience playing from his days on loan.

In fact, if you want to spin it in a relatively positive way, this is another reinforcement of the amazing progress young Chalobah has made. His manager now not only trusts him as a first team player – he trusts him as a midfielder too.