Whilst he doesn’t get the headlines, Emerson Palmieri is becoming a key player for Chelsea
Despite only featuring in three matches for Chelsea this season, Emerson Palmieri is quickly becoming an important player for them.
After signing for €29m in January 2018, Emerson barely featured under Antonio Conte.
But he had a good preseason under Maurizio Sarri, and has shown his worth when given the opportunity this season.
The Italian has been playing primarily as Chelsea’s Europa League and EFL Cup left-back, giving Marcos Alonso a rest.
But his displays when he’s been given an opportunity show how vital he could be to the Sarri-Ball revolution.
His ability to get up and down is key for Sarri, as in his system, most of the attacks come down the left.
He’s obviously excellent on the ball but his defending has improved since arriving from Roma.
Emerson even scored his first goal for the Blues in their come-from-behind win against Liverpool in the EFL Cup.
Sarri transformed Faouzi Ghoulam into a world-class left-back during his time at Napoli.
And under his stewardship, Emerson looks to be improving, and may play a role in Chelsea’s ability to compete on four fronts this season.
Marcos Alonso is Chelsea’s number one left-back, but Emerson is proving that he can step in when needed.