Marcos Alon50

Our Spanish wing-back has raced to 50 appearances in a Chelsea shirt and there have been plenty of memorable moments already for Marcos Alonso.

Since making his debut last September in a thrilling EFL Cup win over Leicester City, the former Fiorentina man hasn’t looked back, becoming an integral member of the team which helped the Blues to Premier League glory last term.

While others may have taken the headlines, the role Alonso played in our title triumph cannot be underestimated. His presence in the squad, as a bona fide wing-back, was pivotal in the switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation that turned our season around.

He barely missed a Premier League game after coming into the team and as well as adding balance to the team he contributed a tally of six goals, which is mightily impressive for a man whose job was to patrol the entire left-hand side of the pitch. Throw in three assists and 15 cleans sheets and you can see just how important he was to Antonio Conte.

Two goals at Leicester City was perhaps the highlight on an individual level – and let us not forget he came mightily close to scoring a hat-trick in that game – while he also headed home a vital effort against Arsenal at the Bridge.

But as far as Alonso was concerned, it was only the winners’ medal around his neck that mattered.

‘I’ve always dreamed of fighting for every title and I always worked for that,’ he said in a recent edition of Chelsea magazine. ‘Obviously, playing for Chelsea, I’m closer to winning all these things and now is the time to keep going with the same hard work and the same ambition.’

At the beginning of this term he assured cult hero status for ever more after netting a brace against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, which included a breathtaking free-kick for the first Premier League goal scored at the stadium, a strike that was also voted our Yokohama Goal of the Month in August.

‘It was very as important for the fans as it was for me,’ he said. ‘I had a good feeling before that game and I will remember that day as a very special one – and hopefully there are more to come.’

We’re sure there will be, Marcos. For now, here’s to a fantastic first 50.