The summer transfer window has come and gone with a dramatic conclusion on deadline day. Chelsea had already added some depth to the squad by signing Michy Batshuayi, who seems to be involved in goals whenever he is on the pitch, N’Golo Kante, protector of the back-line and overall hard working midfielder, and Eduardo Carvalho, the European Championship winning backup goalkeeper. However, with the aforementioned signings and having won the first four matches played, Chelsea still looked a bit vulnerable defensively. It had been clear for some time that defensive reinforcements were needed and that is exactly what Chelsea sought to fix on deadline day. The signing of left-back Marcos Alonso and the return of an old favorite David Luiz have improved our defense and now have given us a considerable amount of options going forward.
Marcos Alonso was signed from Fiorentina in Italy and becomes Chelsea’s third left-back signing in as many years. Starting his career at Real Madrid’s academy, he had stops at Bolton and Sunderland, giving him prior experience in the English game. While mainly playing as a left-back, he is also comfortable playing on the left side of midfield as well as in a back three. Like many modern fullbacks, Alonso is rather technical and doesn’t have a problem marauding forward in support of the attack. His defensive acumen could use a bit of polishing as many reports have given mixed reviews on his defending. One article I’ve read said Chelsea have overpaid for an average player while another article said he was a “defensive masterclass.” My opinion on him, from the few Fiorentina matches I’ve had the pleasure of watching, is that he’s more than comfortable on the ball but isn’t the best tackling, “no nonsense” defender. However, only time can tell if he is worthy to be a Blue but one thing is for sure that we needed defensive signings so I am not complaining with this transfer.
On the topic of Chelsea’s need for defensive signings, I felt that a center back was just as, if not more, crucial than signing a full back. Seeing transfer rumors such as Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli not manifesting into anything were disheartening but a familiar face returned to the Bridge. David Luiz made a sensational deadline day return to the club he lifted Europe’s biggest trophy with. I do not need to speak on the Ol’ Geezer’s behalf. He spent three and a half season with the club, lifting an FA Cup and Europa League along with the Champions League on that memorable night in Munich. Upon leaving Chelsea, he joined PSG where he lifted even more trophies while being a mainstay in the center of defense. He even managed to come back to Stamford Bridge and score for PSG. He may be known for having a mistake in him but few could argue about how top class of a footballer he is. His return is nothing but I positive in my eyes. Adding depth to our defense has made me very optimistic for the future.
Seeing that Chelsea fans are already familiar with David Luiz, I’ve taken the liberty of adding a video of Marcos Alonso for those that haven’t gotten an opportunity to see him play. A special shout-out to ScoutNation and their YouTube channel for always producing quality videos that show more than just the goals.