Emerson Palmieri. That performance against Arsenal in the Europa League final was quite possibly his best in a Chelsea shirt.
He defended well but also offered Maurizio Sarri’s side such an attacking threat, epitomised by the cross he put in for Olivier Giroud’s opener.
Based on that display alone, he surely has that left-back spot nailed down going into next season. With that in mind, it is not a surprise to hear so much noise being made about Marcos Alonso potentially returning to Spain.
The 28-year-old has recently been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid after losing his place in the team to Emerson (Daily Mirror), though Chelsea may be reluctant to sell given their transfer ban.
Still, even with that embargo hanging over them, should a good offer come in, the west London club really should consider cashing in.
Alonso has been badly exposed playing in a back four, and a Stamford Bridge exit now looks to be in the best interest of all parties. What about cover? Who is going to come in for Emerson should the Italy international get injured?
Well with Reece James set to remain at the club and Davide Zappacosta showing signs of life in his last few appearances, there is no reason why either cannot come into the side with Cesar Azpilicueta shuffling across to that left-back spot.
Ultimately, with the goals starting to dry up and his defending not being up to scratch, this Chelsea team is not going to miss Alonso.
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