Newcastle are reportedly interested in snapping up Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, who could be on his way out of London this summer.
The Spaniard, who has been with the Blues for four years, could be about to be ousted from the first team as Frank Lampard’s interest in Ben Chilwell continues to grow.
According to The Mirror (14/06, p72), the Magpies have their sights on bringing Alonso to Tyneside once the reported takeover is complete.
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The 29-year-old has been an integral part for Chelsea in the last four years, becoming almost untouchable as a Premier League starter in that time. However, this season Alonso has seen more of the bench than he would like, with new manager Lampard opting for others above him.
There is no denying the Spanish international’s commitment to the team though, amassing a total of 140 appearances in blue and tallying an impressive number of 22 goals and 17 assists (via Transfermarkt). Alonso has also helped Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy and an FA Cup, as well as the club’s most recent accolade after they were crowned Europa League champions last season.
The left-back should certainly benefit a team in transition like Newcastle, but is his time really over at Stamford Bridge?
Alonso has established himself as such a reliable player for the Blues that it would be hard to see him sporting another team’s colours next season. However, it seems Lampard has a plan in place to kit out this Chelsea side and make them challenge for the Premier League title once more. If the Spaniard has no place in these plans, it would be for the best that he makes his move sooner rather than later.
At 29, he undeniably has plenty of years left in him but, in order to secure first team football, Alonso must consider his options moving forward. If Chelsea upgrade to a younger model in the form of Leicester’s Chilwell, the left-back should opt for a team like the Toon who could be looking for reliable veterans of the game.
His defensive knowledge and ability to get forward will be something that the potential Newcastle owners could be tracking, as well as his history with winning silverware. This prospective move could end up being a very smart one for all parties involved.
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