Chelsea fans want Emerson to play more often after performance versus PAOK

Chelsea won their fifth Europa League group stage match in a row to go top of Group L as they swept four past PAOK on Thursday night, but the performance of one man in particular has given cause for fans to appeal to Maurizio Sarri that he start more often.

Emerson Palmieri signed for the Blues in January from Roma but has since played second fiddle to Marcos Alonso, with his only outings tending to be in Europe.

The 24-year-old left-back completed one key pass and two dribbles versus his Greek opposition and was handy in defence with a tackle and an interception to his name (WhoScored) as his side dominated from the outset.

Sarri’s stubborn selection policy this season has frustrated many Chelsea fans who believe that the likes of Emerson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi should frequent the line-up, as opposed to rotting in the reserves.

Here’s how the Stamford Bridge faithful reacted to the Italian’s performance on Twitter, with many calling for Marcos Alonso to be dropped or even sold.