David Luiz, is one of the most popular and followed Chelsea players currently. In his two-and-a-half years at the club, he has grown into a superstar, and is a fan favourite.
Initially starting out as a central defender, he found his true calling as a defensive midfielder, under interim Blues manager Rafa Benitez.
He has carved out a niche for himself as a specialist free-kick taker, after scoring some amazing long-range goals; a position occupied only by Frank Lampard until now.
He has been highly applauded for his long range passing and vision, particularly towards the end of last season. He is also a potent threat in the penalty box, with his large build and aerial abilities always looking to break free.
Luiz has good pace to keep up with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar, and feed them enough, for counter attacks. He lurks threateningly in the midfield, capable of shooting long range, dashing forward in, or even reverting back to his own goal in case of a counter attack.
Lampard, who earned a one-year extension to his contract last season, is most likely in his last season in the Premier League. The England mainstay, has been the backbone of the Blue's line-up for over a decade now, becoming their highest goalscorer on the way as well.
Renowned for his box-to-box abilities and range of passing, Lampard is considered one of the best midfield players of his generation. Although, it would be near impossible to replace a player of his stature; Luiz with age on his side, and a think-tank like Jose Mourinho, and Lampard himself to guide him, could be a very successful replacement.
While Lampard plays much more forward, and attacks throughout, Luiz is better in the defensive midfield, capable of charging forward easily with his pace. The powerful Brazilian, can be the new age Lampard, with both defensive and attacking capabilities.
The Brazilian vice-captain, who has been guilty of making mistakes in the defensive penalty box, has enjoyed his midfield outings, scoring wonder goals against Fulham and FC Basel. He has also been noted for his well planned long-range passing to the quick dash Chelsea forwards.
With attacking - a basic instinct for the Brazilian - playing him as a first choice centre back, would be a double edged sword. With options like Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Nathan Ake and new comer Tomas Kalas at disposal, Mourinho would be better off nurturing the geezer into a star midfielder to take over from Lampard next season.
With John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien, the defensive midfielders; Luiz and the workhorse Ramires could easily form the critical link between Chelsea's solid defence and the dashing forwards, and form a new curtailed attacking midfielders role.
Chelsea, might be tempted to sell Luiz, particularly to Barcelona, who seem most interested. The Catalan giants have been eyeing the Brazilian for quite a while now.
With Chelsea looking to splurge some serious cash to bring Wayne Rooney to west London, Luiz could be used to make the finances flow. But selling Luiz (26) now, when he's nearing the peak of his career, would be foolish. His following at the club and the vice captaincy experience he has with Brazil, make him a major contender to take the armband when the seniors Terry, Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech leave.
The Brazilian has all the ingredients to become a legend for the Blues, and Chelsea must keep an eye on the bigger picture.
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