Tony Cascarino has credited Thomas Tuchel for reviving the once-in-doubt Chelsea career of Marcos Alonso.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino said the Spain international was back among Europe’s elite thanks to Tuchel’s guidance.
Alonso is just one of a grateful group in the Chelsea dressing room right now.
Had Frank Lampard remained in charge for much longer, it’s unlikely the defender would still be a Blue.
Luckily for the £24 million (Sky Sports) signing from Fiorentina, Lampard’s departure signalled a switch in attitude at Stamford Bridge.
Several unsettled stars found themselves reinstated to the side, which has turned out to be a wise managerial decision.
Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Andreas Christensen have all found a new lease of life.
The most recent benefactor of Tuchel’s overhaul is certainly Alonso, who’s enjoying the type of run witnessed when he first signed for the club in 2016.
“I think Tuchel is showing everybody in the game he can be an incredible manager. Just knowing how to switch teams, personnel, the way they play, who fits into what he wants,” said Cascarino.
“He showed a way in the first half at the weekend (versus Spurs) when he changed things around.
“The tempo of (Spurs’) play was far higher but then (N’Golo) Kante was straight on to the pitch and (Tuchel) was so complimentary of Kante because he knows how effective he is as a player.
“(Tuchel) does that across the board. Look at Alonso. Alonso’s playing like one of the best left-backs in the world at the moment.”
Perhaps Cascarino’s claim is slightly premature but there’s certainly no argument Alonso is the Premier League’s in-form full-back.
He was nominated for August’s player of the month award after a sizzling start to the season.
His performances have rolled into the autumnal September sunshine, even earning the captain’s armband against Aston Villa.
An assist in the 3-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday cemented Alonso’s importance to the team.
It says a lot that Ben Chilwell has only played seven minutes of competitive football all campaign.
That is certainly a worry for the England international, whose last start for club or country was in the Champions League final.