Is Emerson Palmieri experiment over before it has really begun? - The Chelsea Chronicle

Is Emerson Palmieri experiment over before it has really begun?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.