Tuchel should pull £24m Chelsea player out of firing line vs Aston Villa - TCC View

Chelsea are preparing ahead of the Boxing Day fixture against Aston Villa, but there is one player that needs to come out of the starting XI on the weekend for his own good.

The Blues travel to Villa Park on Sunday to face Villa in a traditional Boxing Day fixture.

German boss Thomas Tuchel should be able to call upon plenty of senior faces, as he rested several during the midweek 2-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup.

However, Marcos Alonso was one senior player that didn’t get the night off.

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Chelsea risk burning out Alonso

Alonso, 30, has started the last four consecutive matches across all competitions for Chelsea. It’s alarming that the four appearances have come in a 12-day period.

With Chelsea scheduled to play on the 26th and 29th December, it seems impossible to ask the Spaniard to keep playing.

Blues manager Tuchel should pull Alonso out of the firing line against Villa because he leaves him open for criticism if he’s suffering with tiredness in matches.

The £24million star is the only left wing-back available at Stamford Bridge right now, so there is understandably a lot of pressure on him. An injury to teammate and England international Ben Chilwell has left a big hole in the squad.

However, there are options that can step in against Villa to allow Alonso a break before facing Brighton on the 29th.

Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are attackers that Tuchel’s deployed as emergency wing-backs at times. Also, playmaker Harvey Vale, who made an impressive senior debut this week, is a Chelsea talent that can also cover at left wing-back if needed.

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