Our player to be profiled for this week is Chelsea’s two-goal hero at the weekend, Marcos Alonso.
Born in Madrid, Spain, on the 28th of December 1990, Marcos Alonso Mendoza began his career with Real Madrid’s youth side, from the age of nine.
Alonso was promoted to Real Madrid B team in 2008, where he made 39 appearances in two years. During that time, he made just one appearance for the senior Real Madrid side, a 90th-minute cameo in 2010 under Manuel Pellegrini.
By the summer of that same year he joined Bolton Wanderers, where, in the second season, he saw his side get relegated from the Premier League.
After three years, spanning 35 games and five goals, Alonso made a switch to Italian Serie A to join Fiorentina in the summer of 2013. But six months later, he would return to England again, after making just nine appearances for La Viola, and joined Sunderland on a six-month loan deal.
At Sunderland, Alonso reached the League Cup final where he was on the losing side as the Black Cats lost 3-1 to Manchester City, who were managed by Pellegrini then.
The Spaniard returned to Fiorentina at the end of the campaign, where he enjoyed two impressive seasons, before making the switch to Stamford Bridge last year. Alonso scored six times for the Blues last season as the Blues went on to win the Premier League title, and they also got to the FA Cup final, although they suffered defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.
Alonso has represented Spain at the Under-19 level, but is yet to win a senior cap for the three-time European champions.