Chelsea host Huddersfield Town on Saturday in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see Maurizio Sarri’s team selection.
The Blues were humbled 4-0 away to Bournemouth in midweek, which saw them slip out of the top four in the table.
It was the first time in the league this season that defender Marcos Alonso was left out and was an unused substitute.
Sarri opted to experiment with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri at left-back ahead of Alonso, but is that experiment over before it has really started.
Alonso has been the club’s first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge this season, but there has been a wave of supporters calling for him to be dropped.
Emerson, 24, got his chance against Bournemouth to impress and certainly didn’t show the kind of form he has in cup competitions.
The Blues paid £17.6million (Times) to sign him last January, but he’s had to be Alonso’s understudy for the majority of that time.
It would be a significant blow if Emerson was dropped for the clash against Huddersfield and be a sign that he wasted his opportunity to cement a spot in the XI.
Chelsea’s full-back area is certainly one that the manager needs to try fix and it would be no surprise to see Alonso reintroduced against Huddersfield.