Chelsea have made an impressive start to the Maurizio Sarri era in the Premier League.
The Blues kicked off the 2018/19 campaign with a routine 3-0 win against Huddersfield before welcoming Arsenal to Stamford Bridge. Sarri’s men got off to a blistering start with goals from Alvaro Morata and Pedro handing them a two-goal advantage before the half-hour mark. However, the Gunners hit back through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi before Marcos Alonso hit a late winner to secure all three points.
The Spaniard has developed into a crucial player for the Blues since joining from Fiorentina in 2016. Alonso excelled in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system but will be forced into a more defensive role following Sarri’s implementation of his 4-3-3 tactic at Stamford Bridge. Reports are emerging that Atletico Madrid will attempt to sign the 27-year-old before the end of the month as a replacement for Felipe Luis – selling Alonso might not be a bad move.
To replace him, Chelsea should attempt to sign Benfica full-back – Alejandro Grimaldo. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard has been a pivotal player for the Portuguese side since joining from Barcelona back in 2016. He made 28 appearances in the league last year, scooping four assists. Grimaldo kicked off the new campaign with an assist for Pizzi in the 3-2 win over Vitoria de Guimaraes.
The Spain U21 international possesses electrifying pace and created 1.47 chances per game last season (Squawka). With better quality attackers, his assist tally would increase. His arrival could definitely improve the goalscoring tally of Alvaro Morata as Grimaldo loves to beat his man and whip in a cross.
The youngster still has plenty of time to mature and develop – he has the potential to be a world-class defender. Under Sarri’s tutelage, he could become a Premier League star.
Ditching Alonso for Grimaldo could prove to be a masterstroke from the Italian.
Chelsea fans, thoughts?