Marcos Alonso is a very solid Championship left back and someone who has played a prominent role for Bolton Wanderers this season, in a weakened team that has suffered since dropping out of the Premier League.
Alonso is a very young man at 22-years-old and while Bolton continue to get him tied down to a new deal, he could already be thinking about a move away from the club as he tries to get back into the top flight of English football.
He’s been well treated by Bolton, given a chance to perform consistently over a long period and the club are not completely out of the play-offs at the moment, which could be the decisive factor if he’s going to sign a new deal.
Bolton have found it very difficult to compete against some of the top sides in the Championship this season, which means Alonso could be put off from another season in the second tier of English football when there could be opportunities opening up this summer.
An obvious Premier League destination could be Southampton, especially if the Saints sell Luke Shaw to one of the bigger sides interested in him.
That would offer Alonso the chance to simply walk into the first team, under a manager who knows all about Spanish football and will therefore appreciate Alonso’s upbringing in the game.
Southampton have improved dramatically since Mauricio Pochettino took over, they look as though they are going to be safe this season and they will be looking to push on and improve next season.
Another possible destination could be a club like Wigan, if they manage to stay in the Premier League. Roberto Martinez is another manager who is bound to appreciate the way Alonso plays the game and he could be looking to inject pace down the left of his team.
The fact he could be up for grabs for free if he doesn’t sign a new deal with Bolton is doubly significant because Wigan are not a side that have tens of millions to spend on new players each transfer window.
Probably the best team he could have one eye on in the Premier League is a side like Everton who could lose Leighton Baines this summer, whether that’s due to a big bid from another side or the fact he wants to move on if David Moyes moves on.
That will leave the left back slot of the Everton open and it could mean the Toffees take a gamble on him for the similar financial reasons they have to endure alongside Wigan.
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