Pundit: This Chelsea defender is unrecognisable, he was sensational
Garth Crooks was impressed with Marcos Alonso's stunning performance in Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City
Marcos Alonso is unrecognisable from the defender that made his Chelsea debut at the start of the season, according to Garth Crooks.
The west London side signed the uncapped Spanish defender in a £19m deal from Serie A outfit Fiorentina in the summer transfer window as Antonio Conte looked to bolster his defensive options.
Alonso has come into his own over the past few months after Conte decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation following a 3-0 loss to title rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in September.
The Spanish full-back has helped Chelsea ease to 14 victories in their last 15 Premier League games as Conte’s side eased to an seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Former Tottenham forward Crooks was full of praise for the Chelsea full-back after he scored either side of half-time in their 3-0 win against the defending champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
Speaking to BBC Sport about Alonso’s stunning performance, Crooks said:
“What a stunning performance from the full-back. His first goal with his right foot was sensational and his second with his left wasn’t bad either. Alonso is almost unrecognisable from the player I saw at the start the season.
“He has made my team of the week before, but I have never seen a full-back go hunting for his hat-trick.
“His performance against Leicester just exuded confidence and the player grew in stature with every second. In fact, he was unlucky not to get his treble.”