'Amazing’ £15m star voted his side’s player of the season after links with Chelsea

Brighton’s Marc Cucurella is an exciting young player that’s received transfer links to Chelsea already this year.

Cucurella, 23, is a versatile defender that’s been a major success during his first campaign in English football.

The quick Spaniard has made a huge impact at the Amex Stadium whether that’s playing left-back, left wing-back or centre-back.

For certain, his £15.4million transfer fee last summer looks a total bargain.

Premier League side Brighton have handed out their annual individual awards, with Cucurella named as their 2021/22 player of the season. In addition, the full-back took home the prize for supporters’ player of the year.

Cucurella, described as “amazing” by Brighton teammate and captain Lewis Dunk, is now attracting interest from rivals.

It was reported back in February that Chelsea have the ex-Barcelona talent on their transfer radar, viewing him as a potential target for their left wing-back Marcos Alonso.

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Chelsea LWB spot

It’s going to be interesting to see how Chelsea’s left wing-back spot shapes up by the time next season rolls around.

Hopefully, Ben Chilwell’s able to return after missing a large chunk of this campaign through injury. The real question is who will be competing with him?

Cucurella’s performances in England this season proves he’s a top-class talent, so it’ll be no surprise to see him earn a big move at some stage. He’d suit Chelsea’s system under Thomas Tuchel perfectly, too.

However, it makes little sense to have three players competing for the one wing-back role.

It’s been reported this month that the Blues could end up selling Alonso if they find a suitable buyer.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.