Chelsea announces Saul Niguez’s team number
Chelsea officially announced the 26-year-old Niguez’s team number at Stamford Bridge, while the Spain international midfielder took the No. 17 jersey in West London.
A little about Saul Niguez
Saul Niguez has arrived in English football on a deal that includes a permanent transfer option in 2022. Niguez takes the jersey vacated by the new No. 8 Chelsea Kovacic. In a statement on the Blues’ official website, the Spanish midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge on the day of the transfer deadline in Atletico Madrid’s one-year loan, with the option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
Saul Niguez will play for Chelsea with No. 17 on the back, the same roster number Saul wore for Atlético during his first two campaigns as a regular there, after making his way to their senior team as a 20-year-old in 2014 -15 and 2015-16. This means Saul Niguez’s debut in the Blues will be his first match in this number since the 2016 Champions League final between Atlético and their urban rivals Real Madrid.
The most recent player to wear this number for Chelsea was Kovacic, another midfielder who originally came on loan to Bridge from a club in Madrid, in his case Real. Horvath wore it for three seasons before moving to No. 8 for them this season, much like Saul Niguez did for Atlético in 2016. Niguez will be the third Spaniard to take this squad number for Chelsea, as it was also worn by Pedro during his first season at Stamford Bridge, formerly owned by Ferrer right-back from 1998 to 2001.
Mateo Kovacic wore the No. 17 for the Blues for three seasons, taking the jersey from Musonda upon arrival at Stamford Bridge. Pedro spent one season with this number on his back in 2015-16, with two notable names preceding it. Salah 19 played for Chelsea, eight of which were featured as the No. 17 club in 2014-15. Having pre-filled 15 for the Blues, the Egyptian forward inherited the new number from Hazard. The Belgian superstar, who popped out of Lille in 2012, was initially awarded 17 before ultimately proving himself worthy of No. 10. Prior to Eden, World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit was among those wearing 17 for Chelsea during the Premier League era.