Gary Neville once famously described David Luiz as a footballer who “plays like he's being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation."
And while the former Manchester United captain would later admit that he overstepped the mark with his uncomplimentary comments, he wasn’t a million miles away from the truth.
Luiz has always given the impression that he’s a midfielder attempting to play the role of a centre-back, much like Alberto Moreno is a winger attempting to play the role of a left-back at Liverpool.
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So, it came as a huge shock when Paris Saint-Germain shelled out a mind-blowing £50 million for the Brazil international in June 2014.
One can only imagine how PSG’s owners must have reacted after watching Luiz’s abject performance in Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany less than a month after signing him.
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Ligue 1 is, of course, less demanding than the Premier League and Luiz has won back-to-back league titles since joining the Parisians.
Luiz endures a nightmare against Monaco
However, he endured an absolute nightmare during PSG’s 3-1 defeat against Monaco on Sunday evening.
Luiz picked up a knock following an early collision with Danijel Subasic and never looked the same afterwards.
He recklessly conceded a penalty on the stroke of half-time, with PSG already 1-0 down, and earned himself a yellow card in the process.
The South American was then hauled off by his manager, Unai Emery, on the 62nd minute. The Spaniard would have been well within his rights to have taken Luiz off at half-time.
French publication L’Equipe handed Luiz a 2/10 rating for his catastrophic performance while ESPN simply described him as “disastrous”.
Luiz will be lucky to start PSG's next match
Emery refused to comment on Luiz specifically after the match but was quoted by ESPN as saying: "It's an experience for the future. I have confidence in the team. The players that played earned that right. I made changes to have more control of the game. We were tactically, a little unbalanced."
If Luiz finds himself out of the starting line-up for PSG’s next match, against Saint-Etienne after the international break, he can have few complaints.
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