Chelsea had to work hard to sign Saul Niguez and having spent the international break getting accustomed to life with the Blues he could make his debut against Aston Villa.
The versatile midfielder was described by Blues director Marina Granovskaia as a ‘proven winner’ following his deadline-day arrival from Atletico Madrid but his continued absence from the Spain squad — he won the last of his 19 caps almost two years ago — has given him a chance to work with Chelsea over the past week.
He has joined a side that showed their mettle in their last fixture, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool despite going down to 10-men just before half-time when Reece James was sent off. A superbly organised second-half display, with Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic coming on at the break, nullified the hosts.
Villa spent part of the £100million they got for Jack Grealish on Emiliano Buendia and the lively winger scored his first goal for his new club in their last game before the break. However, his controversial trip to Brazil with Argentina means he won’t be at the Bridge on Saturday.