Top 5 Chelsea players of 2017
2017 was a year that saw Chelsea lift their 4th Premier League title and the Blues have given millions across the world a lot to cheer about. Yes, there have been a few lows in the year gone by, but Antonio Conte and his men have more often than not broken free of the shackles that surround them and put in several world-class performances.
While Chelsea are at a serious risk of losing their Premier League to the magnificent Manchester City, the Blues have been formidable in every tournament that have featured in the season thus far.
With 2017 behind us, it is perhaps time we took a look at 5 of the most impressive Chelsea players of the year.
#5 Marcos Alonso
If there is one player who has benefitted immensely from Conte’s decision to go with a 3-man defence, it has to be Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard has been phenomenal, to say the least, with his performances as the left-wing-back at the club and has only improved in the current season after a stellar showing in the last season.
After failing to impress during his time at Bolton Wanderers, Alonso returned to England after an impressive spell at Fiorentina and has established himself as a vital player under Conte. The Spaniard has showcased the right balance in attack and defence and has to be one of the best wing-backs in the Premier League.
He does not get caught out of position often, loves a tackle when he sees one and is a dominant presence in the air. He has constantly disrupted the opposition’s rhythm with his ability to regain possession via a mix of tackles (25) and interceptions (31) while also winning over 50% of the headed duels he entered into, making him a tough defender to get past for the opposition attackers.
While his defensive contribution is already impressive, what has perhaps been an improvement in his game in the current season is his attacking contribution. Alonso is currently Chelsea’s 2nd highest goal scorer in the League with 6 goals behind Alvaro Morata and has some crucial goals including winners against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton and is the highest scoring defender in Europe's top 5 leagues.