First off, I may be a little biased. David Luiz is my favourite Chelsea player! I love his original way of playing the game. Nonetheless, I still think it would be a mistake for Chelsea to let the flamboyant Brazilian leave.
Barcelona came knocking last summer, and it seemed as if Luiz’s time at Chelsea was up. The deal, however, eventually fell through. It now appears that both Barcelona and Bayern Munich are interested in the unconventional Brazilian. Chelsea are braced for a £30 million bid from both parties.
Jose Mourinho appeared unconvinced by Luiz this season. Luiz started just 19 Premier League games, and struggled to hold down a first-team place.
Luiz can be a little erratic and irresponsible at times, but this is quite typical of defensive Brazilian players. Not all defenders, or defensive players, need to follow the typical, regimental lines of what supposedly makes a defender great. His distinctive approach to defending and playing the game is refreshing.
His style is a good alternative to the solid defending of Gary Cahil and John Terry. As a centre-back, he can be rash, but what he lacks in positioning, he makes up for in technique, and there is nothing wrong with his tackling or heading. Moreover, David Luiz has the pace which John Terry does not.
As a defensive midfielder, he gives Chelsea an extra dimension. His driving runs forward, creativity and long-range shooting are all things which Chelsea would miss should he leave.
Admittedly he didn’t have a brilliant season, but, unless Luiz is replaced with a player of real world class ability, I feel it would be a mistake to sell him. It did seem like Mourinho had already made his mind up about David Luiz when he returned to Chelsea last summer, namely that the Brazilian was not in his long-term plans for the team. Luiz has looked rather unsettled all season.
We all know that Mourinho is extremely stubborn, just look at his refusal to put more faith in Romelu Lukaku, despite all the evidence of his qualities. If Mourinho has decided David Luiz is not in his plans, Luiz could well be gone by the end of the summer.
It is possible that Luiz is pushing for a transfer, and if that is the case, there is not much Chelsea can do anyway. But, if Mourinho is the one wanting to sell, maybe he should have a re-evaluation.