Who should Chelsea keep – Emerson or Alonso?

Chelsea’s option for the left back role has been a never ending debate amongst fans for a long time now. Over the past few months, both of Chelsea’s left backs have had an opportunity to seal a spot in the starting XI but have neither of them have impressed consistently. Following a string of underwhelming performances and losing their spot to right back Cesar Azpilicueta both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have been linked with moves to the Serie A.

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Emerson Palmieri:


Emerson who joined the club in 2018 from AS Roma under Conte has made slow progress into the first team. He became first choice at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri who has been reportedly trying to land the Italian as Alex Sandro’s successor at Juventus. According to recent reports from Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Emerson is Juve’s top priority. Having made a bright start to the season things went downhill with an injury setback. The 25-year-old and has played only 105 minutes in 2020 and has just 16 starts in all competitions this season. Chelsea have conceded 21 goals and managed only 1 clean sheet when Emerson has been a part of the back 4.

Marcos Alonso:


Alonso, 29, has been an integral member of the squad over the last three years. The Spaniard mainly thrived under Conte’s system and has been once again linked with a reunion with the former boss. Alonso has scored 22 goals and assisted 17 times in 140 appearances for the club. Following a frustrating start to the season being limited to just 19 starts in all competitions, his form recently has shown he is capable of producing performances. Though he has impressed it is largely down to Lampard’s switch to a back three which allows him to play as more or less a winger.

VERDICT:


Chelsea have alternative options on their shortlist such as Porto’s Alex Telles and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. The duo of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso are happy to stay at Stamford Bridge, provided they get game time having become settled in London. One of the two will have to be sold with Lampard keen on seeing another name arrive this summer. While Emerson is a more balanced player, Alonso offers way more creativity upfront and could prove effective if Lampard wants a back three and can be the perfect backup player, so Chelsea should keep hold of the Spaniard and let Emerson go.

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