- Marcos Alonso
- Current Team
- Chelsea FC
- Primeira Liga
- December 28, 1990
Marcos Alonso is one of the best wing-backs in Europe. The Spanish international has excellent crossing, freekick accuracy, and an eye for goals. He is also flexible appearing in a number of positions. His tall frame also means he is good at aerial duels.
Alonso started his career at the Real Madrid youth setup. Under Manuel Pellegrini, he will make his first-team appearance in April 2009 against Racing de Santander. That will be his only appearance for Real Madrid before he joined Bolton in July 2010.
He spent three seasons at Bolton Wanderers contributing five goals and two assists in 46 appearances.
Marcos Alonso will join Fiorentina in May 2013. After a less than ideal start in Italy, he will join Gus Poyet’s Sunderland in January 2014 for a 6-month loan.
On his return to his parent club Fiorentina, Marcos Alonso will become a regular starter at the wing-back position. He made 85 appearances and scored five goals creating seven more.
Antonio Conte brought Marcos Alonso to Chelsea in August 2016 in his first season at the club. This is because Conte brought a new tactical system, a 3-4-3 formation that needs players that can play at wing-back position. He will slot in immediately at the left wing-back position with Victor Moses taking the opposite side.
Chelsea went on a 14-game winning streak and eventually won the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. He popped up with six goals.
He will score eight goals for Chelsea, a personal best for him as Chelsea wins the FA Cup the next season.
In the 2018/2019 season under Maurizio Sarri, Marcos Alonso competed with Emerson for a place in the first eleven. The coach also favored the 4-3-3 formation which means that Alonso has to play as a conventional left-back. This is clearly not suited to his ability as he is not solid defensively. Chelsea will go on to win the Europa League.
He featured well in Frank Lampard’s first season at the helm before losing his place at the start of the 2020/21 season. Ben Chilwell was signed as an upgrade in his position. The arrival of Thomas Tuchel will do him good, as he quietly fought back for his place in the team. This is down to the return to the wing-back role in his favored 3-4-2-1 formation.
Marcos Alonso has 25 goals and 18 assists in 173 games for Chelsea as of September 2021.
Alonso has been used sparingly by his Spanish senior team since his debut in March 2018 with only 3 caps to his name.