You may well recognise Marcos Alonso from his time spent with Sunderland last season. However, the 23-year-old defender was only on loan from Fiorentina. Alonso was permanently with Bolton Wanderers from 2010 through to 2013.
Marcos Alonso was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He came through the youth setup at Real Madrid and made his senior debut in April 2010, which was to be his final performance. Meaning he has half the number of appearances for Real Madrid that Julien Faubert has.
Marcos Alonso impressed during his short spell, helping Sunderland to retain Premier League status, along with reaching the Capital One Cup final.
Big Sam, Spend Some Money?!
Marcos Alonso can reportedly be secured with a fee of just £2million, with Fiorentina willing to relieve Alonso of his services with the Italian club. The 23-year-old Spaniard is reportedly demanding £30,000-a-week, which isn’t ground-breaking. However, West Ham are going to have to compete with Swansea City for Alonso’s signature and that could possibly affect the price, a return to Sunderland is also not off the cards for Alonso.
The deal is certainly affordable and Marcos Alonso is unlikely to get offers from clubs above West Ham’s calibre. Therefore, this move has to be likely, along as Alonso doesn’t have his heart set on a return to Sunderland.
I personally remember watching Marcos Alonso versus Manchester United in Sunderland’s Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg, and being very impressed. He appears to have all the attributes necessary to excel in the Premier League. He has a good galloping stride when moving forward and is competent at the back. Securing a 23-year-old who came through the ranks at Real Madrid, and has previous Premier League experience, for just £2million, would be a good coup in my opinion.
Is he a game changer? I’d say about as much as a left-back can change the game. I would certainly welcome the signing of Marcos Alonso and West Ham’s left-back spot is certainly up for grabs, and at 23-years-old Marcos Alonso may finally fill that gap.