Saul Niguez’s Chelsea shirt number has been unveiled as the star follows in the footsteps of Mohamed Salah.
Saul Niguez is the latest well-known Chelsea player to wear the number 17 shirt.
After completing a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, Chelsea has awarded Saul Niguez the number 17 shirt for the coming season. Saul has joined a long list of notable players who have worn the shirt before him, including Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.
After breaking into the Atletico Madrid team as a 20-year-old, Saul wore number 17 in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.
After three seasons at number 17, the Spaniard switched to number eight in 2016, a move Mateo Kovacic made at Chelsea this summer.
Before Kovacic, attackers such as Charly Musonda Jr., Pedro, and Salah donned the shirt.
Eden Hazard, who was Chelsea’s number 17 from 2012 to 2014 before becoming the club’s number 10, is the most notable example.
Saul sat down for his first interview since joining Chelsea on Thursday and expressed his joy at being a part of the team.
In outlining his style of play, he may have implied that, like Hazard and Salah, fans should expect to see him contribute to the attack.
“I’m overjoyed to be here. It was a fantastic chance for me and my career. I had no choice but to take a chance,” Saul told the club’s official website.
“I’m really delighted, very excited, and I can’t wait to start training tomorrow and working with my coach.”
“I am quite grateful to the fans. Thank you so much for all of the great words I’ve received from them. For this club, I’ll offer everything I’ve got.
“I work well with others. I always want to do my best for the squad. Box-to-box midfielder is how I’d describe myself.
“I enjoy attacking and scoring goals, as well as defending when necessary.
“I believe it is critical for me to feel at ease on the pitch in order to deliver for Chelsea.”
Saul will almost certainly be in Thomas Tuchel’s midfield plans, which means he’ll be competing for a starting berth with three other world-class players.
In Tuchel’s 3-4-3, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, and Kovacic are presently vying for the two central midfield slots, and Saul will just add to the battle.
In Spain, the 26-year-old has played in an attacking role on the wing, therefore he may play left wing or perhaps left wing-back.
Tuchel’s arrival in west London is unquestionably thrilling as he seeks to add another Premier League championship to his collection. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”