Chelsea left back Emerson has had one hell of a year. He finally ousted Marcos Alonso as the Blues first choice left back, and he’s also become the regular choice there for Italy.
The gradual improvement seen has been vast but expected after a player is rewarded with solid and consistent game time.
The 25-year old didn’t exactly light up the Premier League when he first came onto the scene last season, but his rise has been as a result of his managers showing trust in him.
We have always seen snippets of his quality, but now he is doing it consistently and to a very high standard.
He’s been one of Chelsea’s best performers so far this season and he carried that on with a great performance and brilliant assist for Italy last night.
So do Chelsea still need to spend big in that position, or has Emerson just saved them a chunk of cash?
Marcos Alonso will almost definitely leave the club when we are allowed to sign payers again, so we will still need a replacement.
Even though that replacement needs to be high quality still because of injuries and competition to Emerson, we do not need to go for the highest calibre player available anymore. I think we’ve got that in Emerson.
It might even mean we don’t need to sign anyone at all, because Ian Maatsen from the academy is one hell of a talent and could easily be the backup next season.
Food for thought.