Top EPL Defenders in 2017/18 – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)


Chelsea have not had the best of seasons in recent memory – that is one of the safest statements that can be made. The reigning champions, off the back of a wonderful debut season for manager Antonio Conte in 2016/17, have underwhelmed to the point of criminality at times. New signing Alvaro Morata started the campaign brightly but began to tail off as the months rolled on by, and persistent rumours that former Juventus boss Conte could be on his way back to his native Italy in the summer didn’t help matters. The empassioned boss visibly began to lose his cool at times, and all too often these off-the-field distractions translated to disappointing performances on the pitch.

OK, the Blues went on to win the FA Cup, beating Man Utd in the final, but they were scarcely in the running to retain England’s top flight crown. Man City ran ahead of the pack quite early on, and by Christmas it seemed inevitable exactly where the trophy would be calling its home over the following 12 months. On the other hand, however, things haven’t been all bad, for their Spanish defender Marcos Alonso earned more fantasy points for his fantasy managers on Euro Fantasy League than any other in the Premier League. Couple that with the fact that he was one of the cheapest defenders available in the league too, and it is clear that he was one of the more astute inclusions available way back in August when the fantasy teams were being selected.

The former Sunderland loanee has been a bit of a favourite on the Euro Fantasy League Podcast this season as well, where we have enjoyed covering topics from his pace and flair to his hairstyle across several episodes. He was, at one stage, one of the most-owned players in the whole game as well – though that is quite transparently down to his price tag more than anything else. He is a pretty good scorer of goals for a defender as well, having netted seven times this season. After some questions were asked upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he has grown to show that he does belong at one of England’s biggest clubs alongside the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger, and just behind people like Eden Hazard.

The season did end in some degree of disappointment of course, as he was left out of Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup, but at 27-years-old there is still time for him to add to the single international cap he has earned so far. That was against Argentina when Spain won 6-1 back in March, but it seemed to be just a little too late to establish himself on the international team sheet. He will surely be targeting Euro 2020 as his first major international tournament.

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