Chelsea fans finally got their first glimpse of Emerson Palmieri this evening following a two-week wait.
The Brazilian left-back, who completed a £17.6 million move from AS Roma on the final day of the January transfer window, was handed his debut by Antonio Conte at the start of tonight 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup.
Emerson had been waiting patiently for his first appearance with his new employers, with Conte keen to ease the former Brazil Under-17 international in gently.
He had only made one start and one substitute appearance for Roma this season prior to his move to Stamford Bridge after tearing his cruciate ligament on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign.
He subsequently required a little longer on the training ground to get himself up to speed. A home tie against Championship strugglers Hull was seen by Conte as the perfect opportunity for the new boy to make his English football bow.
What Chelsea fans are saying about Emerson
But how did he fare? And do Chelsea fans believe the South American has what it takes to displace Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta as the team’s first-choice left wing-back?
Well, the reaction to his first appearance from the Blues’ faithful has been overwhelmingly positive.
Many Chelsea supporters have already seen enough for them to come to the conclusion that Emerson will be a better option than Alonso in the starting line-up….
Some fans even want him to start against Barcelona
And some of them even want to see him retain his place in the starting line-up for next Tuesday’s huge Champions League clash against Barcelona…
However, doing the business against Hull and producing the same level of performance against Lionel Messi and co. are two very different challenges.
It would be a surprise if Conte started Emerson against Barça, although stranger things have happened.
Chelsea seal easy win over Hull
Chelsea, meanwhile, will be in the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals following tonight’s emphatic victory.
A brace from Willian plus additional goals from Pedro and Olivier Giroud (whose goal was assisted by the impressive Emerson) put Chelsea 4-0 up at half-time.
Watch Emerson's assist for Giroud's goal here...
No further goals in the second half although David Meyler saw a penalty saved by Willy Caballero.
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