Marcos Alonso will start for Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League this season today against Wolves, and the Spaniard may be in for a tough time.
After starring as a left wing back under Antonio Conte, the Spaniard struggled increasingly under Maurizio Sarri last season. He eventually lost his place to Emerson Palmieri towards the end of the season, and Frank Lampard has carried on down that road since his arrival in the summer. Alonso is as far from the first team now as he’s ever been since arriving at Chelsea.
Today he will get a first opportunity in a Premier League game this season, with the chance to show that his time out of the team has helped him recover some confidence. For all his deficiencies in terms of his speed and technique, as so endlessly highlighted by his detractors, he started his career at Stamford Bridge with a lot of belief and drive down his side.
His performances tailed off and his confidence nosedived too. It’s been a downward spiral ever since, and any chances he’s had have ended up going badly. He will play a very strong team in Wolves, and could be exposed by a quick and clever team on the counter.
Last year in this fixture, Chelsea started well but found themselves shredded on the break by the home side as they turned the game around.
It’s a real baptism of fire for a player who has struggled in his recent performances, and we hope he’s not at fault again.