Saul Niguez’s first training session as part of the Chelsea family was met by a rapture of delighted responses on social media from the home supporters.
Saul’s maiden steps onto the Cobham pictures were captured by the Blues cameras, lifting the lid on his opening day in camp.
After a few shuttle runs, the Spaniard got to strut his stuff in a small-sided possession game.
Despite the video only being 30 seconds long, there was plenty of evidence to suggest he had settled in nicely.
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A few nice touches, a handful of neat passes and even challenging for a header, Saul’s arsenal was on show.
Chelsea fans loved every moment of their new signings audition tape, many in awe of his flicks and tricks.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
This guy is looking sharp, Another winner added to the squad, a left footed midfielder, who can finally shoot, a versatile player as well 👏
— Harish (@ChelseaHarish92) September 2, 2021
I’ve seen enough, best midfielder in the league
— Bry💎 (@BryReformed) September 2, 2021
Our new boy already feeling a-home.
Could hear him controlling in the middle, calling Alonso..”marcos-marcos”.
— alino_chelse92 (@AnangAlain) September 2, 2021
The no look pass and that drop of the shoulder 🔥
He’s already showing his class
— London Is Blue Podcast ⭐️⭐️ (@LondonBluePod) September 2, 2021
He’s perfect 🤩
— Kai 💎 (@CFC_Kaii) September 2, 2021
He looks damn cool and swift on the ball🔥💙
— Nihal L (@Nihall_) September 2, 2021
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Saul looking sharp in training 👊🏼
— Tjnofear🌟🌟 (@tjnofear26) September 2, 2021
Saul in the spotlight
Hitting the ground running will be crucial for Saul, especially if he has ambitions of signing for Chelsea permanently at the end of his spell.
The Premier League does not wait around for anybody, no matter their quality or status.
But from the brief clip, it appears the 26-year-old is up to the task.
Perhaps the most striking feature of Saul’s introduction to the side was his vocal attributes.
He could be heard talking to his colleagues, giving them instructions or orders.
This, combined with a few physical commands, demonstrated a mature and experienced campaigner.
Thomas Tuchel appreciates leaders; adding another to his squad will please him greatly.
Not to mention recruiting a genuinely world-class player, who knows how to perform on the grandest of stages.
Saul could well make his Chelsea debut at Stamford Bridge against Aston Villa next weekend.
Blues, you better be ready.