Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel may already have a successor for Saul Niguez on the way next summer.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel may already have a successor for Saul Niguez on the way next summer.

After defeating Southampton on Saturday, Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League rankings.

Chelsea recruited Saul Niguez on an initial loan agreement from Atletico Madrid this summer as Thomas Tuchel sought to boost his squad as they pursue their first Premier League title in five years. If the Chelsea manager likes what he sees from the 26-year-old, the west Londoners can make the trade permanent next summer.

Saul had stated that one of the reasons for his move was to allow him to play farther forward instead of defending the backline.

Last month, he earned his Blues debut in a defensive midfield role with Mateo Kovacic against Aston Villa.

During his first appearance, the Spain international struggled with the intensity of Premier League game and was humiliatingly sent off at halftime.

He made his second Chelsea appearance 11 days later in the Carabao Cup, against Villa once again, although he has not appeared in any more games for the club.

Although it is still early in Saul’s career, something does not appear to be right, and there are questions about whether the athlete will be able to adjust to life in England.

Tuchel may thus consider bringing the former Real Madrid teenager back to Atletico next summer rather than spending huge money on a permanent deal.

If Chelsea decides to offload Saul at the end of his loan, they may already anticipate the arrival of a player who could be his ideal replacement. Conor Gallagher is the player in question.

Gallagher started his career in Chelsea’s youth before going on loan to Charlton Athletic, Swansea City, and West Bromwich Albion.

The 21-year-old was sent out to Crystal Palace at the start of the season to demonstrate his Premier League qualities once more, and he has been making an impression across London.

Gallagher scored a brace on his Eagles’ second Premier League game, a 2-2 draw with West Ham in August, before setting up Odsonne Edouard in the 3-0 win over Tottenham last month.

And now, Palace manager Patrick Vieira believes the player has what it takes to reach the pinnacle of the game.

“I am convinced he has what it takes [to succeed at the highest level],” Vieira stated.

“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “He still has bits of his.”

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