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Despite being fully stocked in midfield, Chelsea went on to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid.
The signing of the Spaniard is one of those signings that the club could do without, but the 26-year-old made a late move to the club before transfer deadline.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel played with three central midfielders against Manchester City on Saturday, as the Blues boss started the trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has now admitted that the signing of Saul makes sense as the boss may opt to play three central midfielders, making it a necessity to have an extra midfielder to provide cover.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official club website: “Another thing that becomes clear now is that the recruitment of Saul also makes more sense when you want to play three in the central midfield area and they have to play at a ruinously high tempo. They must get rest games in this style, so another midfielder is good planning.
“I think the slight doubt over the weekend’s tactics was a bit early. This could be the direction we take longer term, and certainly in at least some games going forward. Against Zenit already it took bringing on Kai Havertz up top in the second half to draw some defenders away from the isolated Romelu, providing the breakthrough. Even if it was only a couple of yards of space for a couple of seconds, that is all the big man needed.”