The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern thought that David Luiz was sensational last season, but they aren’t so sure that he is the long-term solution at the back for the Blues…
When Luiz returned to Chelsea, expectations were at an all-time low. Just a few years prior, he had left Chelsea after a few relatively mixed years, and he did very little thereafter to improve his reputation whilst in Paris.
Still, Chelsea made their move, and what followed was a surprise to everybody. Luiz, who is rated at £27 million by Transfer Markt, enjoyed perhaps the best season of his career, becoming a near ever-present in Antonio Conte’s team.
However, perhaps it is time for Conte to start thinking about the future. This season, David Luiz’s fine form has shown signs of a retreat, with the Luiz of yesteryear coming back to haunt the Blues. A sending off against Arsenal serves as the centre-piece of this argument, but it also extends beyond that. In general, his play has reduced in quality, with mistakes and errors beginning to creep back into his game.
He has been decent, of course, but has he been anywhere near as good as he was last year? Certainly not. Even on Wednesday night, with all the eyes of Chelsea fans looking upon him after returning to the side, he managed to give away a penalty – with a cynical shirt pull.
All the while, young Andreas Christensen is waiting in the wings and is performing fantastically. Calm, resolute and consistent, the young Dane has done all the right things since returning to Stamford Bridge, and he deserves so much credit for that. At 30-years-old, Luiz is likely entering his final few years at his peak, and with Christensen breathing down his neck, he needs to step up or step aside.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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