Various Pundits SLAM Chelsea signing David Luiz - Where do you stand?
Chelsea's Transfer Deadline Day signing of David Luiz has caused a stir in the press and a pu...
Chelsea's Transfer Deadline Day signing of David Luiz has caused a stir in the press and a pundits alike. Many have spoken out and their opinions are hardly positive. As a Chelsea fan reading this post where do you stand?
At the moment I am reading all sorts of rubbish in the press about Luiz. These Newspaper reporters who have never played the game professionally but are somehow paid good money to give their opinions, have slated the signing calling it desperation and some even stating that Luiz was Chelsea's FIFTH choice this summer.
Personally, I don't care who we went after and didn't get. I am not bothered about who we missed out on as all I want to do at the minute is concentrate on the players we have here until January at least.
Whenever Chelsea make a signing I always look at the player and think to myself, Does he come in and provide competition for a starting place or not? Surely that's all we are asking for here isn't it? Does the signing of David Luiz indicate that the Manager has a problem to solve now on who should be his starting two or even three centre backs ahead of Swansea?
So to the various Pundits that have slammed Chelsea for re-signing Luiz. Stan Collymore, Paul Merson (Chelsea fan), Chris Sutton (remember him) and Jamie Redknapp have all weighed in with their opinions:
"Don’t get me wrong, Luiz is a decent footballer. He’s a European champion, and I like him as a defensive midfielder, But I can’t help but laugh that he has commanded more than £100m in transfer fees when he is one of the worst central defenders in Premier League history.
Some people will argue he has decent pace and reads the game well, but that’s no good if you’re out of position so much and your distribution from defence so poor.
‘The other problem is that there’s no more learning for Luiz. He’s 29. The faults he has now he is going to carry for the rest of his career."
Paul Merson said:
“David Luiz? No, no, no, no, no. Did you watch him play against Monaco last week?
Chris Sutton said:
"I am not sure about David Luiz, Antonio Conte has not put a foot wrong so can we question his judgement? Where will he play?
"He is a maverick type, I am not so sure about him defensively. Conte has put himself under pressure with this one.
"There are players out there who would be more consistent that Luiz, I would rather go for steady - it is a gamble. He is a talent, can Conte get the best out of him?"
Finally, Jamie Redknapp said:
"This is sensational, the deal you wouldn't have expected.
“It suggests to me that Conte is looking to get another centre-back in so he has the luxury of playing three at the back sometimes. It was a system he played with Italy and some clubs in his career.
“Obviously they have Kurt Zouma to come back in, they have John Terry and Gary Cahill.”
There you have it, not exactly positive is it? The problem is that people will only remember the moments that get highlighted the most. By saying that it's not going to take too long until the Gary Neville Playstation reference will re-appear for example. What about the good games he had for us though? Is it a gamble by Conte in the Casino of Football or a shrewd signing?
Reading this post now, I am asking all the Chelsea fans to think back to when he left us, did you feel gutted that he did? If not then fair enough as I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion even if I do not agree with it.
I personally think that David Luiz was a success at Chelsea and helped us to achieve history. People have very short memories when it comes to Luiz. Think back to the Champions League Final and the fact that he had hardly trained for a month due to injury but, due to other injuries and suspensions he got himself as fit as he could and played next to Gary Cahill who had suffered the same. Both were outstanding on the night and for Luiz to step up and take the penalty the way he did under pressure with Juan Mata already having his saved speaks volumes for me.
Under the Italian Conte, you can bet your life the defensive side of the game will be worked on such as positioning etc. It's his ability with the ball at his feet which give us an added bonus.
I was gutted when Luiz left and I am happy that he has re-signed for the club. My question to everyone reading this post is "Are you?"