Pat Nevin has suggested that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be considering recalling defender Marcos Alonso to his starting XI for the next game.
The Blues host Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League, which was already going to be a massive fixture in the calendar.
But it’s become even more important considering Monday night’s defeat to Manchester United, which leaves Chelsea clinging onto fourth in the table.
Lampard’s side are only a point above of fifth-placed Spurs in the division standings and are now in a serious battle for the Champions League positions.
Chelsea did win on the road at Spurs 2-0 back in December during the reverse fixture and it was one of the standout performances of the season.
Nevin has looked back to the previous success against their London rivals and feels that switching back to a 3-4-3 formation could work.
“The last time Frank faced Jose he had a tactical brainwave by switching successfully and unexpectedly to a 3-4-3. There will be many ideas going through his head and trying this system again will be one of them,” Nevin told the club’s official website.
“With Marcus Alonso fit, rested and a specialist in that formation it could work. He also has Reece James, whose game seems made for the same position on the right-hand side of that middle four. Considering the goal shipped from a dead ball against United, having three centre-backs on the field and the height of Marcus in there too, it will definitely be a temptation.”
Alonso proved during the 2016/17 title-winning season in the Premier League that he’s a top-class option at left wing-back and is far more comfortable in that position than as a traditional full-back.
The 29-year-old Spaniard hasn’t played a single minute in the league since the victory over Spurs and it will be interesting to see if he is given a promotion to the starting line up.
He’s watched from the bench recently as captain Cesar Azpilicueta fills in at left-back, but a move to a system with wing-backs surely brings Alonso into the plans.