Brazilian central defender has angered his team mates and manager for his apathetic approach at St James’ Park on Saturday and is to be dropped from the starting XI.
According to the Daily Star the 26-year-old was heavily criticised in the dressing room following the 2-0 loss at St James’ Park and a source close to Jose Mourinho said that the Portuguese manager is beginning to lose patience with the Chelsea star, but isn’t trying to offload him in January as some reports have suggested.
Whether or not this is a genuine source is anyone’s guess but events behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge have been divulged to third parties in the past and made their way into the public eye.
Luiz has made a number of high profile mistakes during his career in West London and has often come under criticism for his style, which isn’t everyone’s cup of team and he certainly isn’t mine but he proved that he could defend well last season. I’m not sure how the most improved player in the squad over the last campaign could regress so quickly as he’s already been responsible for a catalogue of errors despite the season still being young.
But is Luiz really that big a problem for the club or is he just a convenient scapegoat? He hasn’t been as good as he should have been and that’s why he has lost his place in favour of Gary Cahill from time to time but he wasn’t the only player to perform poorly and certainly isn’t the only player that’s currently suffering a spell of poor form, so I’d argue that he’s been hung out to dry by the press.
My main concern as far as he is concerned is why his form has declined so rapidly. Already he has made high profile mistakes against Everton, FC Basel, Cardiff City and for Newcastle’s second goal at the weekend, whilst his ducking out of a challenge on Shola Ameobi infuriated the Blues’ fans.