Date: 28th April 2013 at 12:05pm
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Chelsea captain John Terry believes that Brazilian defender David Luiz has ‘all the qualities’ to eventually succeed him as the team’s leader.

The defender recently spoke of his desire to discuss a contract attention in the summer but whether or not he stays at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of next season it is unlikely that he will be a first team regular and he has tipped Luiz to eventually earn the armband.

Terry said:

“He has the personality of a leader. He pushes the lads.

“He is like that in training, demanding a lot from himself and the players around him.”

(Express)

Following the 2-1 win against Basel, in which Luiz scored the winning goal with the last kick of the game, the former Benfica man showed some of the leadership qualities that JT was referring to and this season would definitely have raised his stock at the club as the likes of Gary Neville, once a harsh critic of Luiz, has fully explained that he never wrote off Luiz totally and has been impressed by his overall contribution.

Following the Basel game, Luiz said:

“I want to win a title. We need to get that top-four place and Champions League football next season, but this competition is very important to us.”

I have often criticised Luiz myself but would have to admit that I see him as one of the most improved players in the squad, especially since Rafael Benitez came in, and he is probably the most suitable at this time to eventually take over the mantle as Petr Cech is unlikely to get it as a goalkeeper and I don’t see Branislav Ivanovic being a regular feature.

Is Terry right, do you think David Luiz is capable of succeeding the Chelsea skipper when the time comes?

Source: Sunday Express

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