Many eyebrows were raised when Chelsea re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain for £34 million last summer.
The Brazilian defender never truly convinced during his first spell in the Premier League while his performances for PSG during the opening weeks of the 2016-17 campaign left a lot to be desired.
Just days before he was re-signed by Chelsea, French publication L’Equipe handed Luiz an embarrassing 2/10 rating for a catastrophic individual performance against AS Monaco. But that didn’t deter Antonio Conte.
“I would never have put those two together [Conte and Luiz[. It feels a little bit strange,” Gary Neville, never Luiz’s biggest fan, told Sky Sports following Chelsea's defeat to Liverpool last September.
“If I was to think of an analogy to describe it, I’d say probably me and Miss World.”
Luiz made his critics eat their words
However, Neville and many, many others were made to eat their words by Luiz over the remainder of the campaign.
The South American hardly put a foot wrong last season and played an important role in Chelsea’s Premier League title success.
Luiz has matured over recent years and is now a much more dependable defender. He’s far less reckless, too.
However, he still enjoys venturing forwards and getting himself on the scoresheet when possible.
Luiz posts video of his best goals in training
The 30-year-old posted a video on Instagram of some of his best goals in Chelsea’s recent training sessions and it’s actually quite impressive.
Watch it here…
He’s clearly a pretty decent finisher.
Frank Lampard responds with funny comment
But Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, brought Luiz back down to earth with a very funny comment.
"Get back and defend @davidluiz_4 😂😂" the Chelsea legend wrote, much to the amusement of Chelsea supporters.
Chelsea fans will be hoping they won’t have to scream those words at Luiz from the terraces on too many occasions this season.