For the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, their side’s loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday evening was a night of pure disappointment – but for one Chelsea star, it could provide the opening that he desperately needs.
David Luiz has found game time increasingly hard to come by throughout the season, but after Andreas Christensen’s injury that suffered during the game, the Brazilian now has an opening. He’s likely to come in to replace Christensen, provided that he is fit, and he could resultantly get a pretty long stretch in the first team. On the horizon are big games against the likes of Barcelona, Man Utd and Man City, and whilst the length of Christensen’s injury is to be determined – there is a very real chance that he may miss those games. Antonio Conte has suggested that his problem is hamstring related, and so a 3-4 weeks layoff is not outside the realms of possibility.
As a result, the next few weeks could well be career-defining for Luiz. If selected, a few poor performances could as much as end his time in London – with Conte already not convinced by him in the heart of the defence. Conversely, if he performs well, then Christensen could struggle to get back into the side. Antonio Conte has always been a manger that picks teams based on consistency and performance level – and if Luiz can prove that he has both of those things, the manager will have little choice.
If he performs well, even when Christensen returns, there could be an opening for him in the team. Chelsea’s other central defenders, like Antonio Rudiger and Gary Cahill, haven’t really been in-form in recent weeks. Sure, Luiz’s natural position would be through the middle, but if he can prove that he is reliable enough to play in another position, he could certainly feature. Not to mention, if he can get back in Conte’s good books, perhaps a role in the midfield could be forthcoming.
Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a key month for Luiz. Even if Christensen isn’t forced to miss any games, this is Chelsea’s most important month of the season so far, and if the Brazilian isn’t selected at all then he will know where he stands under Conte. However, there is a very real chance that he may get a prolonged chance to shine – and he must take it.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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