Andy Townsend feels like Chelsea star Marcos Alonso has “transformed” into one of his team’s best attacking players.
Alonso, 30, has been the biggest surprise package at the start of the 2021/22 season for the Blues.
The Spanish defender has started each of opening five Premier League games, which leaves teammate Ben Chilwell contemplating his role on the bench.
Alonso, who cost the club £24million in 2016, has been battling it out for the left wing-back position since Thomas Tuchel took charge as manager at Stamford Bridge.
A switch to a 3-4-2-1 system has been a huge help for him.
The 30-year-old previously shined as a wing-back earlier on his Chelsea career, so it’s no surprise to see him look the part in a position that allows him more attacking freedom.
He’s chipped in with one goal and one assist so far, but that return doesn’t quite tell the full story of how much of an impact he’s made in the opposition’s half.
“Marcos Alonso is so transformed at the moment he’s one of their best attacking players!” Townsend told talkSPORT.
Ben Chilwell is suffering through not fault of his own
It looks impossible for Chilwell to get a start in the league when Alonso is in this kind of form.
His late return to Chelsea for pre-season was a result of England duty at Euro 2020, albeit he didn’t actually get on the pitch for his country.
The 24-year-old has been massively unfortunate to find himself warming the Chelsea bench, but he needs to remain positive he can break back into the XI.
Surely Tuchel has to give him the chance on Wednesday to play against Aston Villa in the third round of the Carabao Cup because he desperately needs minutes in his legs.
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