‘3/10’: £24m Chelsea man slammed after latest international display

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso failed to impress despite Spain’s 2-0 win over Czech Republic in the Nations League last night.

According to 90min, the defender was notably a hindrance to his side on his eighth appearance regardless of the victory.

The 31-year-old has started twice for his country during this international break, struggling in the reverse of this fixture as he continues to deputise for Barcelona’s Jordi Alba.

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However, last night’s performance will have done him no good in terms of his chances at nailing down a starting spot before this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, with 90min suggesting he doesn’t match the sides’ DNA.

After rating him a 3/10, they said: “Spain pride themselves on playing with flair, technique and precision. Alonso did not contribute any of these things.”

The damning reviews come at an awkward time for Alonso, a he reportedly looks to secure a move to Barcelona.

It has been suggested in the Spanish press that the Blues are expected by the Catalan club to allow the Spaniard to leave this summer, as well as club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

After signing for £24million six years ago, the defender has been utilised as part of a back five, allowing his attacking attributes to shine.

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In Ben Chilwell’s absence, he scored five goals and assisted six, as the club hoped to keep up their threat from wide.

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It can be expected that Alonso may not performed to his best in a back four, which is the system Spain are set on.

Extra defensive duties are something Chelsea fans have seen him struggle with in the past, with his style of play far more suiting the wing-back role.

Ultimately, Chelsea shouldn’t need to sign a replacement if the Spain international leaves, and instead should utilise Emerson Palmieri as a deputy, if Thomas Tuchel can convince him the role will be big enough for him.

While a big-name signing would be nice, there are positions far higher on the priority list than back up left-back.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.