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Time for Chelsea to cash-in on this maverick?

Date: 28th April 2014 at 6:39pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Chelsea's David Luiz has always been an opinion-splitting defender. Gary Neville once summarised the debate perfectly during an episode of Monday Night Football, explaining how the Brazilian's divisive nature was one of different footballing cultures rather than any question over his level of talent. Indeed, being so confident and inventively direct on the ball yet so ill-disciplined positionally, the argument that Luiz should be considered first and foremost a defensive midfielder in a Premier League context is nothing new. We certainly aren't too acclimatised with the notion of front-footed, risk-taking defending in the English game. Many felt the arrival of Jose Mourinho last summer would dispel some of the many conundrums surrounding Chelsea's defensive maverick. The Portuguese immediately rebuffed reported interest in Luiz from Barcelona, before stating that he'd never use the Brazilian in a midfield capacity. Yet, one season and 32 outings later, only around half of which have been in his favoured centre-back berth,  the floppy-haired South American still poses as many questions as ever. Too lapsed in concentration to be considered a regular at the heart of defence, too wasteful in possession be considered a genuine option in central midfield; where does Luiz actually fit into the Chelsea starting XI? The long and ... Read More

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