For everything under the Heavens, there is a time. There’s a time to sow, and a time to reap. Sometimes, it seems to take forever to get to that point, but it always does come eventually.
Marcos Alonso has played football for a while. He began his career at Real Madrid, Spain where he played between 2008 and 2010. He featured for the club’s Youth team for most of his stay there, and only played for Madrid’s main team once. Lack of game time pushed him to come to England in 2010. He played for Bolton Wanderers 35 times, until 2013, and scored 5 goals in that period.
Fiorentina in Italy was his next location. He was there longer than he spent elsewhere prior to that time, playing 58 times, and scoring just 4 goals. His foray in Italy wasn’t an entirely exciting one as inconsistency led him to be sent out on loan to Sunderland in 2014.
After making 16 appearances for Sunderland, he went back to Fiorentina in Italy, from where he eventually joined Chelsea in 2016.
So far, his Chelsea story has been the best. He has played 59 times, and scored 12 times, a feat he could not achieve after almost 8 years of playing professional football. It shows how much he has matured as a player, and how important he has grown in the game.
Alonso was recently called up to play for the Spanish national team, where there are obviously many experienced talents. He may have only featured for a little over 10 minutes, but it doesn’t change the fact that he has come of age. All he needs to do now is keep improving himself, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s featuring regularly. His talent at Chelsea has never been in doubt since his arrival, as he got better with each game.
Alonso is a hardworking and dedicated man, and for me, there’s no better way to reward him for his work than the recognition he received from his home country during the just -ended international break.