Since arriving at Chelsea, Marcos Alonso has established himself as the Blues’ starting left-back.
He was vital in Antonio Conte’s title winning season and had an excellent start to the season under Maurizio Sarri.
However, since his goals and assists in the early part of the season have dried up, Alonso has looked slightly exposed.
Playing next to David Luiz hasn’t helped him as he’s often having to cover for the Brazilian.
But when the Spaniard has to defend for prolonged periods of time, he looks susceptible.
In Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday, Sarri withdrew Alonso with the score at 1-0 because Fulham were getting a lot of joy down his side.
Maurizio Sarri decided to move Cesar Azpilicueta to left-back and put Davide Zappacosta at right-back as a result.
So, with Alonso looking down on confidence, it could be high-time Emerson Palmieri gets a chance in the Premier League.
The Italian has only really played in the cup competitions but has played well when given the opportunity.
He’s scored some important goals too – such as Chelsea’s equaliser at Liverpool in the EFL Cup.
Emerson looks to have improved under Sarri, and therefore could come in to replace Alonso in the near future.