Saul must terminate 'pointless' Chelsea loan transfer and return to Atletico Madrid, warns Glen Johnson

SAUL Niguez needs to stop wasting his time at Chelsea and cut short his loan spell ASAP, according to former Blues star Glen Johnson.

Niguez arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer looking to revive a faltering career that had seen him fall down the pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The deadline day deal cost an initial £4.5million and included an option to make the move permanent for £40m.

However, after starting just two Premier League games the chances of the Spaniard, 27, making West London his long-term home look very slim.

And Johnson believe he should cut his losses and get out of there as soon as possible.

The former England star, 37, told "There’s no point at being on loan somewhere and not playing. It’s hard enough to accept not playing when you’re on a contract.

"People forget that the purpose of going on loan is to prove yourself, so going on loan and not playing completely defeats the object.

"If he doesn’t get enough of a run in the side then of course he should go back to Atletico Madrid.

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“Sometimes the Premier League can just kill people. Sometimes you can stroll around in other leagues and get away with stuff, so if you’re doing that in other leagues then you’re going to get found out in the Premier League.

"I’m not necessarily saying that’s happened to Saúl but many players come to the Premier League and don’t hit the ground running.”

There is no way back to Atletico Madrid because of Spanish football’s salary cap system.

Niguez, who again failed to shine after playing at left wing-back in this week's 3-3 draw with Zenit,was moved on in August so that his parent club could pay the wages of incoming star Antoine Griezmann.

The central midfielder has already played for two teams this season and the only way to play for a third is if he moved out of the UEFA area completely to play in the Middle East, USA or China – which might be on the table in January if things do not improve.

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