If this one happened it may be the biggest shock of the transfer window. Chelsea have been desperately trying to sign a defender this summer, and they may finally get one on the last day of the window, and it is a familiar face …
David Luiz, a huge character and a questionable defender, looks like he could return to Stamford Bridge on deadline day. Chelsea have apparently made a £30million bid according to Sky Sports and are currently locked in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a deal for the Brazilian. Antonio Conte has clearly been keen on adding a new central defender to the clubs ranks this summer but after being priced out of moves for Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli, Luiz could be an alternative.
29-year-old Luiz knows the club well, he spent 3 years at the club and made 81 appearances. He will be remembered for some crazy defending as well as some spectacular goals and hilarious off the pitch moments. Chelsea fans could quite rightly be dubious about spending such a large amount of money on a defender that they know first hand, is not the very best at doing what he needs to do, defend.
But Luiz is a big personality and developed into somewhat of a fans favourite during his short spell at the club. Whether or not the fans would be as forgiving if Chelsea are not as successful, remains to be seen.
So Luiz has been in Paris for two years, how has he fared? We had a look at how he statistically compared last season to Chelsea’s current central defenders.
First, lets start with the Brazilian’s strengths. He is very tidy in possession, completing 92% of his passes last season. He also averaged a huge 62.38 passes per 90, that is more than Terry and Cahill managed combined. Koulibaly is also a very forward-thinking defender and considering he appeared to be Conte’s first choice, Luiz could be a suitable alternative. Another strength for Luiz is his interceptions, he made 2.58 per 90, Cahill (1.66) and Terry (1.72) both managed less.
A big stereotype is that Luiz makes a lot of defensive errors, but was this the case last season? Yep. Despite only playing 25 Ligue 1 games, Luiz made 4 defensive errors, Cahill and Terry combined only made 3.
Luiz also struggles in other key defensive areas. For example he only made 0.34 blocks per 90 last season, and won a miserable 1.16 aerial duels. His weakness in the air is particularly worrying and could see him exposed in the physical Premier League.
With John Terry’s time at the club nearly over and Gary Cahill continuing questionable form, Luiz may be a wise addition. His unpredictability and inconsistency in defence is something that would need to change in order for him to be worth the £30million, in my opinion. At his best and when he is focussed I think he is actually a decent defender that can also be good moving forward in midfield.
Luiz is 29 and has 55 international caps for Brazil, he is a pretty experienced defender and perhaps he has developed his defending and maturity since the last time we saw him in the Premier League. Chelsea fans will hope this is the case should Luiz rejoin, whilst also hoping that Conte can bring the best out of the defender.