Marcos Alonso

The starting eleven that Maurizio Sarri has named to face Wolves at Stamford Bridge this afternoon is confirmation that Marcos Alonso has been displaced.

This is a change that many Chelsea fans have wanted to see for some time now. Chelsea twitter heavyweight Alex Goldberg created a ‘campaign’ of sorts earlier in the season, with the goal of having Alonso replaced in the starting side by Emerson Palmieri.

And he’s a happy man today…

If ‘Justice for Emerson’ is what the fans wanted, they ought to have a smile on their face today. Marcos Alonso’s inclusion against Dynamo Kiev midweek was further suggestion that his stock has fallen, as Emerson was previously our cup-game left-back, with the latter’s inclusion today confirming for us that he is now Sarri’s first-choice on the left.

Alonso’s saving grace since signing for Chelsea has been the flurry of goals he produces when pushing high up on the left. His effectiveness on the frontfoot is what drew him much adulation, but when getting in those positions to make himself a goal-threat, Alonso left his teammates exposed at the back.

It has taken some time for Sarri to come to the realisation that what Alonso offers going forward is not worth the sacrifice in the defensive third. Emerson was formidable against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, which looks to have elevated him above Alonso in the pecking order – and quite right too.

Emerson now has the opportunity to nail down the starting spot with another good performance against Wolves this afternoon. We’re looking forward to seeing him linking with Eden Hazard down the left. You can follow our coverage of the game on Twitter @TalkChelsea.

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