Chelsea’s back-up left-back’s performances are pushing regular starter for spot in team

Emerson Palmieri was one of Antonio Conte’s last signings at Chelsea.

Despite being signed by Conte, he failed to make a real impact after signing, playing just seven times.

And although there has been a change at the helm, it appears as if not much has changed for Emerson.

He has yet to play in the Premier League so far under Maurizio Sarri, with Sarri instead favoring Marcos Alonso.

Emerson’s two starts have come in the EFL Cup against Liverpool and in the Europa League against Mol Vidi.

But despite regular starter Alonso’s good performances in the league, Emerson’s displays are giving Sarri a selection headache at left-back.

Emerson scored against Liverpool at Anfield to haul Chelsea back into the game and he looked dominant against the Hungarians.

As my colleague Will Pearse says, Emerson was “always a threat going forward and provides a consistent overlapping option.”

And despite both of their defensive struggles, if Emerson’s performances can remain high and Alonso’s dip, the Italian could start.

Sarri likes his left-backs to be extremely attacking – look at Faouzi Ghoulam at Napoli.

Emerson’s pace and attacking thrust is a weapon that Sarri could deploy against teams who he’d like to counter against.

Whilst Alonso may be more skilled at breaking teams down who sit back, his pace isn’t his strongest attribute.

So look for Emerson to push Alonso for a starting position, as a spot on the bench cannot satisfy the Italy international.

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