If the arrival of Ben Chilwell wasn’t enough to challenge Marcos Alonso at Chelsea, he may have just sealed his own fate.
With the Blues’ new left-back signing yet to start a game due to injury, Alonso has kept his usual spot in the starting lineup. However, after being taken off at half-time amid a shock 3-0 deficit against West Brom on Saturday, the Spaniard reportedly tried to watch the remainder of the match on the team bus, rather than on the sidelines.
This has been reported by The Athletic, who claim that Frank Lampard was left furious over the 29-year-old’s actions. From sources close to the manager, they described him as the ‘angriest they’ve ever seen him’, which can’t be good for Alonso’s future at Chelsea.
The Spain international, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, was replaced by fellow countryman Cesar Azpilicueta after half-time in a bid to claw back a result against West Brom. Surely enough, the Blues fought hard and bagged a draw, but Lampard has been left furious by the actions of one of his most senior players.
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“The players were saying they have never seen the manager like this,” a source told The Athletic. “It kicked off after the game and he was going mad at Alonso. Some were talking about how they’d be surprised if he plays for Chelsea ever again.”
Chilwell cost the west Londoners a hefty £45m, which already spelled trouble for Alonso, who has been a regular first team figure throughout his four years at the club. However, after angering Lampard and indeed with Chilwell waiting to make his first full debut, choppy waters lurk ahead for him.
Chelsea are looking to offload some senior personnel in order to balance their books and potentially sign Declan Rice. After the situation at The Hawthorns, Alonso could have just placed his own head on the chopping block.
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