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.
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.
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.
I still think Lampard can work out a way for Alonso to be in the team. I like Emerson but he's so poor on the attacking phase just like Azpilicueta.
How long are we going to endure those boring moments from the two fullbacks? Hope the ban gets lifted, so we can a better LB. https://t.co/weUhBNZRnV
— Olawale Adigun (@Olawarrley) December 3, 2019
It's a shame that we blame Alonso too much, yes he is not a proper LB and sometimes does leave out space in the back, but same is the case with Emerson also, that goal against @WestHam was totally avoidable.#CFC @ChelseaFC
— .Praveen (@prav_27) December 4, 2019
Emerson gets back 5 passes late in either transition. He looks nice on the ball, can carry it well, but it ultimately amounts to absolutely nothing. Plays it safe. Everything's in a straight line. Alonso is limited in certain areas but you know what you get, an attacking threat!
— Will ⭐️⭐️ (@DubeyWill) November 30, 2019