Ben Chilwell was brought in by Frank Lampard to replace the aging Marcos Alonso for good. While the Spaniard was a very good wing-back, he did not fit into Lampard’s formation. Thus, when the English left-back joined Chelsea from Leicester City, many believed Alonso’s future at Stamford Bridge to be over, especially as they also had Emerson as a backup. The team list, however, recently changed after Lampard’s sacking and the introduction of Thomas Tuchel, and now it seems like Chilwell is the one who needs to look out for his game times.
Alonso was brought in from Fiorentina in 2016 by Antonio Conte, and he was an instant hit. He played as a left-back and always looked to get goals and assist the forwards. His advanced position helped out the strikers a lot and he ended up getting six goals that season in the Premier League. He got even more goals the next season and was included in the PFA Team of the Year. However, his advanced position always meant that he left his man unmarked. This meant that a lot of goals were coming in from his wing as he was just not able to defend well enough.
Lampard played a traditional back four and in that formation, Alonso became a detriment to the team. In the match against West Brom, the Blues were trailing 3-0 at half time and that was the last game Alonso played under Lampard. However, since the introduction of Tuchel to Chelsea, it seems like the 30-year-old might be back on the field for good. The wing-back started in two out of three games under the new manager and he has not disappointed. He played well against Tottenham Hotspur to keep a clean sheet but his goal against Burnley reminded everyone just how potent he can be in front of the goal.
Chilwell’s Chelsea career kept on a hold as Marcos Alonso continues to impress.
Tuchel seems to like playing three at the back with two wing-backs, Callum Hudson Odoi, and Marcos Alonso. Should the German tactician continue with this sort of a game plan, it will be very worrisome for Chilwell as Alonso will be favored over him. It is not that Chilwell does not attack but he is more of a traditional left-back who works better with four at the back. This could be a setback in his career but he must pick up his socks and show the boss why he should be picked in the starting lineup.
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