Even though David Luiz was suspended for Arsenal’s weekend fixture against Brighton, many are still criticising him for his performance against Manchester City, including footballing legend Ruud Gullit.
The defender probably had the worst return of anyone to the Premier League as he came on for the injured Pablo Mari and, within his first 30 minutes, he had made a mistake to gift City a goal and was then sent off after giving away a penalty. This led to SofaScore giving him a 3.0 rating.
Speaking about the player to Ziggo Sport, via Metro, former Ballon d’Or winner Gullit said: “Yes, David is not doing well. I think he’s an overrated player, really. When he played in midfield I thought he was reasonable, but then there was already discussion about what he actually is as a player.
“But he preferred to play as a defender… Well, we all remember the match between Brazil and Germany (7-1 at the 2014 World Cup). I just can’t understand it! Most clubs have done away with him, but he keeps coming back somewhere.”
It’s hard to disagree with Gullit here. Luiz has looked poor defensively this season, making on average only 0.9 tackles per game, via WhoScored. There is also a clear reason why Paris Saint-Germain and then Chelsea were happy to let him go, with the Blues’ acceptance to let him join a big London rival summing up that they didn’t feel he had the quality to affect them afterwards.
As per OptaJoe’s Duncan Alexander, he has a red card once every 160 Premier League games with Chelsea, whilst it is once every 13 games with Arsenal. Meanwhile, he gave a penalty away once every 53 games for Chelsea, compared to once every 6.5 games for Arsenal.
Clearly he is not at his best now and possibly he is on the decline and the role at centre-back just does not seem to suit him.
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