Written by Richard Williams
One of the biggest shocks of the summer transfer market was Chelsea’s last minute purchase of David Luiz for a fee of around £34m. After a silverware riddled 2 years at PSG, whilst also being named in the FIFA team of the year Luiz became a loved figure at the Parc Des Princes. Luiz is well known for his adventurous runs forward from a centre-back position, many slate him for it as it means he’s well out of position but others admire his desire to get forward. But these runs could quite possibly come to an end at Chelsea as new boss Antonio Conte plays a very defensive game, similar to former boss Jose Mourinho. Will Conte play Luiz further forward as a defensive midfielder and allow him to have more of a free roam of the pitch?
In my personal opinion I’d play him (Luiz) along side Kante in a deep role in midfield, leaving Cahill, Terry, Zouma and new signing Alonso to do there own thing. But is Luiz really that good? He didn’t impress to much in his previous time at Chelsea, it’s a hard question to answer as the standard of Ligue 1 is a completely different style of play to the Barclays Premier League.
Chelsea’s failed attempt to sign Senegal and Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly maybe the reason into this late purchase of David Luiz. A panic buy? Has Conte made a mistake? Either way, Luiz won’t mind being the world’s most expensive defender!
Is Luiz a good signing for Chelsea? Should he be trusted as a centre back? Let us know in the comments below!
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