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  • Maurizio Sarri needs to drop Marcos Alonso NOW.
  • Alonso is an obvious weakness in the Chelsea defence.
  • Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @TalkChelsea.

Our patience with Marcos Alonso has officially run out, and that’s even with the Blues taking all three points from their trip to the Amex today.

Alonso can be sporadically effective in attack, but it’s not nearly enough to justify what a blatant liability he is at the back for Chelsea.

Time and time again he’s caught out of position. He’s a left-back with the mind of a left-winger, who doesn’t have the legs to track back after making his trademark adventurous runs up-field.

If Maurizio Sarri has serious ambitions for his side, he shouldn’t be getting anywhere near the 200 mark.

Brighton attempted to take advantage of Alonso’s fragility by overloading the right-hand-side of their attack. Pascal Groß drifted wide continually and found himself with pockets of space to exploit.

Alonso was lucky to stay on the pitch after dragging Solly March to the ground late in the game. The Brighton supporters chanted “off, off, off!” and we were fortunate that referee Stuart Attwell only showed him a yellow.

We’re not the only ones who have become disgruntled by Alonso’s consistently poor performances, either. Several Chelsea fans on Twitter also shared their frustration.

We were under the impression that a club of Chelsea’s size and stature would not pick players based off merit and reputation, rather an assessment was made on who is the most likely to propel us to success. We’re beginning to wonder if that’s the case.

Alonso is considered one of the best full-backs in the division, yet has rarely shown that level of performance in a Chelsea shirt. When he has, he has received adulation solely due to his strengths going forward.

Sarri needs to have a reality check and realise that opposing sides will continue in their attempts to exploit this gaping hole in our defence unless he makes a change.

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