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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!

19 COMMENTS

  1. 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? Go back to your mom’s basement and fold her undergarments you loser.

  2. 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 that’s the postion we need to focus on more.

  3. 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..

  4. 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 decision like that, not just the “journalistic” point of view 🙂 We’ve already seen different players in that role of a left wing/back and it’s not so efficient, it’s not the same. Thats’s why Antonio should pay attention to the details that lead the TEAM to victory, and not the details that make the team strong on paper because of the personal qualities of one player.
    KTBFFH!

  5. 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 he even got rejected by Sunderland some time ago, so yes, his “average” season made for a revelation (if a child always get Ds theen one day pulls off a B, that’s worth praise and celebration. If David Alaba or Kwadwo Asamoah become available the I think we should go for them. But please, may these unnecessarily extreme descriptions of player performance STOP, it’s nearly impossible to get a reasonable opinion on anything online these days, can we at peast be the example, at least when discussing our own players. After all, remember how so many of our fans were up in arms at Hazard last season till he screwed Spurs, to the extent that “sell him to Madrid” was a common theme on when we were discussing Chelsea last July…and yet it turned out that the injury story was actually true.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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 suitable and good right wing forward and the right wing back also.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 bailing him out, have you ever actually played football, it’s a team game where you enjoy backing your team-mates up, and if it means putting in a last ditch tackle or knocking the opposition up in the air then great, do it.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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 beat defenders with skill and has a great eye for link up play – especially with hazard on the overlap.

    I love moses, his work rate and how humble he is…but he’s somewhat lost his ability to attack. He stopped using his pace so much, grew less confident with beating players and taking shots.

    Can’t get rid of the feeling he seems to ruin and slow down attacks every time he receives the ball in dangerous areas he kills the attacking momentum.

    Alonso on the other side of things understands the way we play a lot better and for that reason fits into our identity very effectively.

    I vote alonso stays 👊 KTBFFH! 💙

  15. 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 beat defenders with skill and has a great eye for link up play – especially with hazard on the overlap.

    I love moses, his work rate and how humble he is…but he’s somewhat lost his ability to attack. He stopped using his pace so much, grew less confident with beating players and taking shots.

    Can’t get rid of the feeling he seems to ruin and slow down attacks every time he receives the ball in dangerous areas he kills the attacking momentum.

    Alonso on the other side of things understands the way we play a lot better and for that reason fits into our identity very effectively.

    I vote alonso stays 👊 KTBFFH! 💙

  16. 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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