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Chelsea have a number of injury issues in the squad right now, but none more crucial than at the left back spot.

Emerson has been injured for many weeks now and has suffered another set back.

Marcos Alonso has been playing every match whilst Emerson has been injured and has done a reasonable job.

However, Alonso will always be an average player that is capable of scoring some great goals and can be a threat in the attacking third.

His negatives outweigh the positives in my opinion with his defensive frailties, lack of pace and athleticism once again finding him out against Manchester United last night.

The Blues lost the match 2-1 and Alonso played a big part in both of United’s goals.

He made a slow and clumsy tackle to give away the penalty in the first half, after making the bad pass to put his team under attack in the first place.

Then he made a similarly poor pass in the second half that lead to a rash challenge from Pedro, giving United a free kick in a dangerous area.

Alonso for me, can be a reasonable backup, but should never be playing consistently.

In fact, he should be behind Cesar Azpilicueta as third choice left back. The Spaniard played left back successfully for Chelsea before and although I don’t want to see him there long term, until Emerson is back, he simply has to play there.

He is much better defensively, more comfortable playing out from the back, and has more pace than Alonso.

This also allows Reece James, who’s quality is starting to creep through, to play at right back.

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