- Chelsea left-wing-back Marcos Alonso voted into PFA Team of the Year.
- Alonso is the only Chelsea player to be voted into the prestigious XI.
- TalkChelsea editor Jamie Wilkinson argues against Alonso’s inclusion.
On Wednesday morning it was announced that Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso had been voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
The team is dominated by champions Manchester City, with three representatives from Tottenham, one from Liverpool, and another from Manchester United.
Alonso is the only Chelsea player to be included in the prestigious XI – but he doesn’t deserve to be.
The PFA Premier League Team of the Year!
— PFA (@PFA) 18 April 2018
It may seem bizarre. A Chelsea fan, on a Chelsea site, arguing against one of our player’s inclusion in the team of the year, but in the interest of fairness, he really shouldn’t be in there.
Of course, the argument in favour of Alonso’s inclusion is going to be his effectiveness going forward. However, it’s a complete myth.
Yes, Alonso has scored six Premier League goals this season, but he’s also attempted at least 28 more shots on goal than any other defender in the division.
Alonso has also provided just two assists in the league this season, even though he plays in a far enough advanced position to have such a high amount of attempts at goal. Eight left-backs have provided more assists in the league this season.
Nine left-backs can better Alonso’s per-game average of 0.6 successful crosses. His ability to swing one in from the left-hand-side and meet a teammate is one of his most overrated attributes.
Circling back to the aforementioned assist stat, out of the eight left-backs who have provided more, five of them have a higher tackles-per-game average, totalling ten overall who can better Alonso’s 1.5 per-game.
Some will dismiss this stat as a reflection of how much more defensive work Alonso’s left-back counterparts have to do in comparison to him.
However, teammate N’Golo Kante is continually adulated for his tackle and interception figures in the middle of the park, there should be no double-standard.
Alonso is a good player. He is one of the best free-kick takers that the club has had in recent years, but he is not the best in his position in the league.
He has not been the best performer in his position this season, and he does not deserve his spot in the PFA team of the year.