REDKNAPP: ALONSO IS CHELSEA’S UNSUNG HERO BUT HE WILL BE EXPOSED IF CONTE DOES THIS

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso scored a brilliant free-kick against Bournemouth on Saturday to help Chelsea seal a 3-1 victory against the Cherries and restore our seven-point gap at the top of the table.

Alonso’s goal against Bournemouth was his fifth goal of the season and the left wing-back has also provided two assists for Chelsea this season.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the 26-year-old hasn’t quite got the praise he deserves this term.

However, Redknapp revealed he isn’t convinced Alonso will be this good in a back four.

“Marcos Alonso is Chelsea’s unsung hero,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“When he signed, it looked like he was a stop-gap to allow Antonio Conte to play three at the back.

“Alonso would be exposed in a back four but in Conte’s system he can hurt defenders with his galloping runs, knowing that Gary Cahill is covering him.

“He pips Danny Rose to the left wing back position in my team of the year.

“Just two defenders have scored more league goals than Alonso this season and his fantastic free-kick killed off Bournemouth.

“The way Alonso’s team-mates stepped aside for him to take it shows their confidence in him.”

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