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I posted the following Tweet early on Saturday morning, and it’s fair to say, it provoked a reaction.

Chelsea fans, far and wide, appear to think that Marcos Alonso was a revelation last campaign. Chelsea fans, far and wide, are wrong. Here’s why.

There can be few arguments that Alonso was flimsy defensively last campaign. His lack of discipline and positional awareness were staggering, it’s remarkable that we had the third best defensive record in the Premier League with the the Spaniard being a cornerstone in our defence. Gary Cahill, who is rough around the edges himself, continually bailed Alonso out last season.

Alonso is solely rated among the Chelsea faithful due to his ability going forward – the question I pose to you is; what ability going forward? It’s a complete myth.

Alonso playing at left-wing-back gives him an edge over his full-back counterparts, he, by definition, has a more offensive role. However, he is still outperformed by the many of the left-backs in the league. Below is proof of that.

Chances created & key passes per 90 minutes
James Milner: 1.60 & 1.51
Danny Rose: 1.53 & 1.41
Leighton Baines: 1.50 & 1.40
Christian Fuchs: 1.04 & 0.93
Ryan Bertrand: 0.97 & 0.83
Van Aanholt: 0.76 & 0.76
Marcos Alonso: 0.77 & 0.67

Alonso, who is widely regarded among Chelsea fans as one of the best crossers in the Premier League, successfully completed 14 crosses in the league last season. No, that is not a typo, 14.

Granted, Alonso is a goal-threat, I can’t argue with that, I acknowledge it, but we are not talking about our centre-forward here. Repeat after me – left-wing-back. Left. Wing. Back.

I’m all for respecting opinions, football is a game of opinions, but suggesting that Alonso is not a weakness, and we shouldn’t look to upgrade on him at the first possible opportunity is, quite frankly, laughable.

Chelsea are back in the Champions League now, and winger facing Alonso will be licking their lips, we need to find a replacement, and fast. Whether that be Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, or even giving Ryan Bertrand a second shot at life in SW6 – get it done.

Feel free to continue this debate in the comments section!

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19 Comments on "Chelsea should upgrade on Marcos Alonso at the first opportunity"

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Chelsea USA
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Chelsea USA
Absolute garbage. First you disqualify the argument of comparing Alonso to 4 back players by saying it’s not the same system. Then you compare Alonso to 4 back players. And at the top of your “most wanted” list is James Milner, a convert Mid-fielder on a crap team with injuries?… Read more »
Edson
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Edson
To me Alonso is not a problem to bother because we are more stable at the back and midfield now with the new signings. But for Moses it’s the issue of the lack of killer pinpoint crosses for the strikers in the box. They always hit the defenders. I think… Read more »
bridge
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Rubish

praise
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praise

i dont think he’s a liability,he is an avearge player and for that calibre of player i think he is trying and of course I’m sure he’d get better because it is evident that he is a hardworker..

MB
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Yeah, the stats show the numbers. In my opinion it is not all about the numbers, not all about the paper. It is more the ballance that Alonso and Moses give the squad. There are no irreplaceable player, but you should concider all the view points when you make a… Read more »
Tafadzwa
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Tafadzwa
This is that attention-seeking type of “punditry” again. I get that Marcos is not an Alaba or Sandro, but the picture painted in your article makes it seem like he had a worse season than Felaini (sp?). Many of us had no idea who he was before, and I think… Read more »
Michael
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Michael

Alonso is a big weakness in our team . It was clear to anybody who cared to watch our matches analytically last season. Let’s not wait to be exposed and embarrassed by oppositions who have studied this Chelsea team through and through.

Yp
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We do nid an upgrade for wing backs for sure, not natural wing backs thats y we nid ppl like alex sandro, alex tellas, benjamin mendy,kyle walker, kevin trippler,selmendo etc. To fill the champions league void

Okpokpo Paul
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Okpokpo Paul
The writer is right because for me i have been thinking about this position in the squad and also i would want chelsea to sign another creative midfielder cause only fabrigas we have in that position as it stands now also i’d prefer chesea also look out for a more… Read more »
Ian
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I agree with you he is weak in positional play. but he has strengths – heading and free kicks. But overall positional play is so important with wing backs.

Tony Feehan
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Tony Feehan
Stop talking rubbish, negative comments, Alonso was a revelation, everyone wants to see Chelsea going forward and not on the back foot, to actually make a comment the Chahill bailed him out loads of times is ridiculous, Gary is a centreback who loves getting stuck in a would have relished… Read more »
Uwem Asuquo
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Uwem Asuquo

Your right pal. But am nt 2 worried abt our wingbacks nw, shldn’t we be talking about chelsea reportedly tabling £88million for Higuain…@29 getting to 30. Its crazy….Emenalo better gets us Bellotti or Aubamenyang .finish!

Ken
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This was exactly the same point I made sometime ago at a viewing centre and most of my fellow chelsea fans almost tore me to shreds. Glad to know that someone out there share the same view

wisdom
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wisdom

you’ve said your mind actually but in a game we think Alonso can’t follow then Caesar can supplement considering the fact that Gary,david,and rudiger are in the central.

Sam dil
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Sam dil

I just think you are conte now. Perfect answer blue.

Elijah
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Elijah
At first I thought Alonso was our weakness but as the season went on, he just got better and better. He works hard defensively, wins most airial duels, scores goals and creates a lot of chances with a great delivery in the final third. He has also proven he can… Read more »
Eli
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At first I thought Alonso was our weakness but as the season went on, he just got better and better. He works hard defensively, wins most airial duels, scores goals and creates a lot of chances with a great delivery in the final third. He has also proven he can… Read more »
Hazard flick
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Hazard flick

couldn’t agree more jimmy
he is nothing more than a liability

Movich
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Movich

What is the defensive record of those player who are head of Alonso. Please talk about teams which play the same system as ours in which dear left back or wind back did better than Alone.

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