Say what you want about his playing style, his hair, or his lack of passion for defending; but David Luiz has proved that he is a terrific holding midfielder.
Under Rafa Benítez, Luiz saw his role change from centre-back to defensive midfielder in the 4-2-3-1 formation employed by the interim manager. Sure he is is not the most traditional of defenders, but Luiz brings passion and aggression to the Chelsea midfield.
With the departure of John Obi Mikel all but complete, Chelsea will be looking for a player to link midfield and attack, a piece of the puzzle that was sorely lacking last season.
After his £21.3 million move from Benfica to Chelsea, the Brazilian was seen as a long-term replacement for John Terry.
He was chosen to be the glue that held the Chelsea back-line together. But it soon became obvious that he was not a traditional centre-back.
Luiz enjoyed gallivanting forward, often leaving the Blues weak on the counter attack. He also was not the traditional, hard-nosed tackler who could use discipline to regain possession.
With these observations, it seemed as if Luiz was another failed transfer for Chelsea, having come over in the same window as Fernando Torres. However, with the revelation that maybe Luiz could have a future in midfield, this cult hero for the Blues soon proved he was worth the fee.
It was well-documented that Chelsea fancied signing Luka Modric before he left England for Madrid. Chelsea wanted a player would could get forward, play a crucial ball to the attackers, and aid in defence.
After failing in a mega bid, probably for the best given Modric's form at Real Madrid, Chelsea have found the perfect player to fit in this role. Luiz has no problem getting forward. He makes elusive runs that even Eden Hazard can admire.
He also can provide for spectacular goals form free-kicks, as he demonstrated time and time again in the last campaign.
And although Luiz may not be the best defender on the Chelsea squad, he is more than capable of aiding in defence from the midfield whether it be marking, tackling, or rising up to challenge a header.
Luiz has the control, the pace, the aggression, and the ball control to be a leader from the midfield. Moreover, Luiz is a cult hero for almost all Chelsea supporters who love how he plays the game smirking and always enjoying himself.
With the rumours circulating that Terry could be stripped of the armband for José Mourinho's return season, Luiz has been tipped as a prime candidate to be his successor.
Losing such a personality as Luiz would in and of itself be a blow to the Chelsea clubhouse.
But losing his style, his playmaking ability, and his passion would really hurt the Blues as they attempt to link midfield and attack next season.
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