Chelsea’s top creator so far this season hasn’t been an attacker. Instead, it’s been in-form defender Marcos Alonso.
The Blues have so much talent in forward positions within their squad, but it’s actually the left wing-back that has statistically been the most creative individual.
Popular football statisticians WhoScored.com define ‘key passes’ as a final pass that leads to a shot at goal from a teammate.
A look at Chelsea’s opening five Premier League games this campaign shows Alonso to be top of the pile for key passes. His return of 2.4 is the best across the entire Blues squad.
Romelu Lukaku (2), Reece James (1.7) and Mason Mount (1.3) are the closest competitors in that field.
Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic has the most assists (3) in the Chelsea squad at the start of the league campaign. In contrast, Alonso has one goal and one assist in his five appearances.
However, the stats show that Alonso is at the heart of his team’s overall play moving forward.
Marcos Alonso playing his best football in years
Alonso, 30, should be in the conversation for Chelsea’s best player in the early weeks of the league season.
The £24million ace has been back in his favoured left wing-back position under manager Thomas Tuchel, which looks far better for him compared to a conventional left-back.
The timing of Alonso’s runs forward are impeccable, something that comes natural to him to become a massive attacking outlet.
It was evident in the weekend’s victory against Tottenham how dangerous Chelsea can be attacking from the left.
If Alonso continues to defend well, he’s got to be in this best Chelsea XI ahead of Ben Chiwell because of how much he gives going forward. He can be a strong set-piece taker, as well as someone with an underrated engine to keep getting into the opposition’s boxes for 90 minutes.
The Spaniard definitely has possession of the shirt right now after five consecutive starts.
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