Chelsea defender David Luiz has said that he is not worried about his future at Stamford Bridge despite having to fight for a starting berth in the centre of defence, but should he be?
On having to battle with the likes of Gary Cahill and John Terry for his place, Luiz told UOL:
“It will be like it has always been, I am never worried
“I train hard and seriously every day, he has his options.”
The Brazilian has always been a divisive character at the club as many fans enjoy his crazy hair and character as much as they do his talent on the pitch whereas he drives others up the wall with his erratic defending and silly errors.
Luiz is used to criticism and Gary Neville famously said he looked like he was being ‘controlled by a 10-year-old playing PlayStation’ for his performance against Liverpool a couple of years ago. Since then the 26-year-old has matured as a player, was probably our most improved talent last season and was even being spoken about as a potential captain.
So what happened?
Already this season Luiz has been guilty of several clangers in matches against Everton, FC Basel and Cardiff City this season which has frustrated Jose Mourinho and caused him to lose his place to Cahill recently. Ordinarily he’d be used to a bit of rotation but has in the past displayed a positive mental attitude and a willingness to improve. This season may be different as his body language doesn’t seem the same and there has even been rumours of his team-mates growing weary of his slack attitude.
There’s also talk of an exit to Barcelona in the summer as a long-term replacement for Carlos Puyol and those rumours are resurfacing once again, it would be a tempting move for him if it came up and Mourinho would be only too happy to let him go for the right price if it meant he’d be able to recruit a replacement of his own choosing.
Mourinho has often complained this season that his players have been too reactive when they should be proactive, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he would want to make a few changes from the previous regimes and only time will tell if Luiz will be a victim of this.
What do you think the future holds for David Luiz and is it right that he has been omitted, or is he merely a convenient scapegoat?