Chelsea romped through to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday after a dominant 3-0 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.
Rafa Benitez’s side were powerless to resist Antonio Conte’s men across the 90 minutes with Michy Batshuayi netting a double before Marcos Alonso scored a stunning free-kick in the second half.
The left wing-back was in sparkling form throughout and gained plaudits for his performance beyond the free-kick, also providing an assist for Batshuayi’s opener and defending strongly against what the Magpies had to offer.
The Spaniard has now scored seven goals and provided three assists this season, an excellent direct goal contribution from a player primarily tasked with nullifying the threat of the opposition.
Fans were in awe of his showing, with some suggesting he’s the best in his position in the division and others believing he is one of the most underrated players around.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Marcos Alonso has to be up there with the most underrated players in the league, his free kicks are something else ?⚽️
— Greg Bullock (@GreggyB_1996) January 28, 2018
Marcos Alonso always seems to amaze me. He is one of the most underrated players on Chelsea and in the world. Pure class and quality. #CFC
— Douglas Wesley (@DougWintemberg) January 28, 2018
Antonio Conte might not buy superstars but he’s very good at turning good players into world class. Alonso now best LWB in England and Christensen/Rudiger amongst best as well. Pedro been brilliant. Conte did all of this. He can do wonders with Morata as well if given time. #CFC
— Burhan Ali (@burhan_7ali) January 28, 2018
— Red Rose ? (@Roseangel009) January 28, 2018
Marcos Alonso is the best Freekick taker in the top 5 European leagues today.. Shove any other names you have down your throat.
— Chenkovic (@_Asgardian) January 28, 2018
We all knew in the ground knew where @marcosalonso03 was going to put that free kick, the keeper knew, the defenders knew, yet still, it was that good there was nothing they could do about it, brilliantly taken #MarcosAlonso #CHENEW #cfc
— Andy H (@ChelsLad66) January 28, 2018
Marcos Alonso. Another goal. Another clean sheet. Never injured. Imagine if #CFC twitter ever supported any players other than Hazard and Fabregas.
— KCovington (@kennycovington1) January 28, 2018
Marcos Alonso vs Newcastle⚡️
3 key passes
1 big chance created
9 duels won
— ᴺᴷ7 (@NGoloFC) January 28, 2018