Alonso’s Arrival At Chelsea Marks The Dawn Of A New Age!
Posted by Daniele Accurso | Published on August 31, 2016
With the news filtering through that David Luiz has rejoined the club from PSG, Chelsea’s defensive ranks have been bolstered once again, after the 25 year old Spanish left back Marcos Alonso signed earlier on during the day from Serie A side Fiorentina. Marcos Alonso could be the key to a new era at Chelsea, with the old guard potentially not being the first players on the team sheet anymore. Although we have seen this attempted coup many a time, first with Villas Boas trying to remove the older players and more lately youth playing a major part; Ruben Loftus Cheek, Baba Rahman, Bertrand Traore and Ola Aina, the Chelsea stalwarts may finally be seeing their places succumbed.
One legend at the club who will be fondly remembered, but has fallen out of favour with the Stamford Bridge faithful in recent times, is the Serbian man mountain Branislav Ivanovic. At a time where full backs need to be fast in order to provide over lapping runs, Ivanovic just doesn’t cut it anymore. When he does get in the final third, he rarely beats the first man with his cross. Compare that with everyone’s favourite Azpilicueta, he bursts forwards, can provide a good cross but most importantly, he can track back to stop a counter attack, which Ivanovic can’t due to his lack of speed. So does another Spaniard hold the key to this dilemna?
Since he’s come to the club, Cesar Azpilicueta has been moulded into a left back to allow Ivanovic to start on the right. His defensive mindset and aerial ability was a big asset for the blues but with wingers now targeting the right back, his faults are being exploited far too often. This is where Alonso comes into it. As a left back, he can fit straight into the side and playing in the Serie A, his defensive attributes will be at a high level. Azpilicueta can move back into his more natural right back role whilst Ivanovic could either start at centre back, or most likely provide cover to John Terry and David Luiz.
Alonso has some credible stats behind him, having played for Bolton when he was 19 years old in the Premier League. He had a stint at Sunderland two seasons back playing 16 games for the Black Cats who were trying to, and did eventually avoid relegation. Experience in Italy only improved his game as he played in the Europa League last season for the Italian side. European experience, Serie A and Premier League games show he can easily fit into the team. At £24 million pounds, Conte hasn’t bought him to sit on the bench and with Ivanovic not being able to overlap, a style Conte demands, it maybe curtains for the Serbian and mark the start of a new age at the club!