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Chelsea confirm squad numbers for David Luiz and Marcos Alonso

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As ever, the most immediate question after players sign for Chelsea is what shirt numbers they will be wearing once they take the pitch in glorious royal blue.  Sometimes, the answer is obvious, sometimes it's surprising.  With Chelsea confirming numbers for both deadline day signings, we get a bit of both.

Left back Marcos Alonso takes the vacant no.3 shirt, a most traditional choice for left backs, though one that's stood empty since Ashley Cole left in 2014 Filipe Luis left (sorry for forgetting about you, Filipe!).  These are big shoes to fill for the former Fiorentina man, so hopefully he's up to the task -- more like Babayaro and less like Del Horno, if you will.

As far as David Luiz is concerned, the number he wore from 2011 to 2014 has belonged to Cesc Fabregas for the past two seasons.  Since Cesc isn't going anywhere, neither is the number.  While the no.6 is available, and would've been my preferred choice for David Luiz to take, the curly haired one has opted for the no.30 instead.  A rather random choice at first glance (he wore no.32 at PSG), though maybe we'll learn of a meaning eventually.  The last player to wear 30 was Yossi Benayoun back in 2012-13, though it's perhaps more familiar as the number on the back of Tiago, Jesper Gronkjaer, or another Brazilian defender, Emerson Thome.

With the squad now set for the season, here are the final shirt numbers:

1 -- Asmir Begovic
2 -- Branislav Ivanovic
3 -- Marcos Alonso
4 -- Cesc Fabregas
5 -- Kurt Zouma
6 --
7 -- N'Golo Kante
8 -- Oscar
9 --
10 -- Eden Hazard
11 -- Pedro
12 -- Mikel John Obi
13 -- Thibaut Courtois
14 -- Ruben Loftus-Cheek
15 -- Victor Moses
16 -- 
17 --
18 --
19 -- Diego Costa
20 --
21 -- Nemanja Matic
22 -- Willian
23 -- Michy Batshuayi
24 -- Gary Cahill
25 -- 
26 -- John Terry
27 -- 
28 -- Cesar Azpilicueta
29 -- Nathaniel Chalobah
30 -- David Luiz
31 --
32 --
33 -- Fikayo Tomori
34 -- Ola Aina
35 -- 
36 --
37 -- Eduardo
38 --
39 --
40 --
41 -- Dominic Solanke
42 -- Bradley Collins