Chelsea fans debate left-back duo Emerson and Marcus Alonso

The left-back position is beginning to become a problem area for Chelsea. Emerson seems to be the preferred choice over Marcus Alonso for Frank Lampard, but Chelsea fans are currently debating over the left-back duo.

Following some underwhelming performances, Marcus Alonso seems to be frozen out of the Chelsea squad. He has not been included in a number of the previous matchday squads, and some fans are hoping that is the last they have seen of Spaniard. 

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Emerson is the natural replacement and he impressed fans last season. However, Chelsea’s defensive record has not been good with the Italian on the pitch. This has led to fans suggested Alonso is the better option, due to his attacking threat.

Alonso has made seven league appearances this year in comparison to Emerson’s nine. In those seven that Alonso has featured in, Chelsea have kept two clean sheets. That is one more than Emerson’s single clean sheet this season.

The Italian leads the way on interceptions, tackles won and blocks. Whereas Alonso has more aerial wins, goals, assists, and clearances.

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The statistic that stands out, however, is the number of goals Chelsea concedes while each player is on the pitch. Whilst Alonso has been on the pitch, Chelsea have conceded just four goals. On the other hand, with Emerson on the pitch, the Blues have conceded a hefty 14 goals.

There is the possibility that these goals were nothing to do with Emerson, and that it is, in fact, other defensive frailties that are causing Chelsea to ship so many goals. Either way, it has got Chelsea fans talking. Here are some fan’s opinions on Twitter.

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