Chelsea defender jokingly says he would not mind playing as striker this weekend
Marcos Alonso showed support to Chelsea strikers despite jokingly saying that he would not mind playing up front himself if Thomas Tuchel asked him.
The 31-year-old is such a unique defender whose tendency to attack may cause problems for his team, but what he offers in the final third often makes up for it.
It was the case in Thursday’s 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Leicester City.
Timothy Castagne exploited the space left by Alonso early in the first half which eventually led to James Maddison’s opener.
Alonso’s goalscoring instinct, however, proved crucial as he levelled the score 10 minutes before the break. It was his fourth goal in the Premier League this season, his eight goal contribution.
It is incredible how Alonso often seems like Chelsea’s biggest attacking threat. He is also arguably a better finisher than real attackers, including some of his Blues teammates.
Considering the inconsistent form of Chelsea’s forwards, sticking Alonso up front might not be a bad idea…
Alonso shows faith in Chelsea forwards
“If the manager wants, I’m there,” the former Fiorentina player jokingly told Chelsea TV when asked whether he would be attempted to play as a striker at the weekend.
“No, we have great strikers.
“I try to arrive in these positions playing as a wing-back since I’m allowed to do so.
“But hopefully, the strikers score the goals in the next [game], and maybe we can have one striker [who can be] a top scorer next season.”
The last part sounds a bit too optimistic, but the lack of a reliable, consistent goalscorer is arguably the reason Chelsea are out of this season’s title race.
In fact, the last Chelsea player to win the golden boot was Didier Drogba in 2009/10.