'Incredible player': Jamie Redknapp raves about £24m Chelsea star that does 'unusual' things on the pitch

Jamie Redknapp has said Chelsea’s “incredible” player Marcos Alonso does find himself in “unusual” areas of the football pitch.

Alonso, who cost the Blues £24million, showed off his attacking quality last night in the 1-1 Premier League draw away to Manchester United.

The left wing-back broke the deadlock at Old Trafford with a superb volley inside the United box. However, usual suspect Cristiano Ronaldo did equalise with his own powerful strike.

It means Alonso is now up to four goals and five assists this season for the Blues.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has become such a vital player in the starting line-up since Ben Chilwell’s injury, proving that he’s got immense quality despite regular criticism of his defensive qualities.

Sky Sports pundit Redknapp singled out Alonso for praise after his display against Man United. In particular, he was keen to highlight some of the areas of the pitch he finds himself in.

“He’s an incredible player Alonso because he finds himself in so many unusual positions, I know he’s got the licence because he’s a left wing-back,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (9:50pm, 28 April).

“That is a brilliant piece of play. It’s a goal that we’d expect Ronaldo to score not a left wing-back… That’s a really tough technique and he just guides it into the corner. A brilliant, brilliant goal.”

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Alonso is superb when in the mood

It was another key contribution in the Premier League from Alonso yesterday.

It’s true that the full-back is almost like an extra attacker at times in Thomas Tuchel’s system, so he does find himself in excellent positions.

The technique the left-footer has is tremendous, too.

His contribution at Old Trafford comes after he assisted the winning goal at the weekend in the 1-0 victory at home to West Ham.

Gary Neville was full of praise for Alonso on Sunday. Likewise, Graeme Souness was really impressed by him as well.

Let’s hope he can keep this momentum up from now until the FA Cup final against Liverpool on 14 May.

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