The pros and cons of dropping David Luiz

Chelsea supporters were rightly blue after last weekend’s one-sided derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

It was the first league loss of the campaign, and a deserved result for a side who were second-best all over the park. Alvaro Morata proved to be a pointless inclusion in attack, Jorginho had a miserable match, N’Golo Kante’s mercurial run in a more advanced role produced another mixed bag, and an improved Antonio Rudiger was poor. Even Eden Hazard had a few uncharacteristically shaky moments in possession.

Of all the Chelsea players to draw the ire of pundits and fans alike, center-half David Luiz’s performance was nothing short of horrendous. The Brazilian sloppily conceded the free-kick on Dele Alli’s eighth-minute opener and inexplicably skipped out of the way for Harry Kane’s strike from distance that handed Spurs a two-goal advantage. Luiz only made matters worse when he lazily attempted to dispossess Heung-Min Son on the edge of the area after the South Korean made a fool of Jorginho with a lung-busting run.

It was Luiz’s worst performance since his return to the English capital, and with calls for the Brazilian’s head, here’s a look at the pros and cons Maurizio Sarri faces in dropping the 31-year-old:


Dumb decisions: Luiz has started all 13 of Chelsea’s league affairs this season, and naturally, the central defender has been in the thick of it. That doesn’t excuse the right-footer for a slew of individual errors, with Luiz partially at fault for seven of the 11 goals conceded in the league. The fact his mental gaffes against Tottenham were so glaring shows Luiz can cut a frustrating figure at the back, something that is often concealed by his contributions in attack.

Below is a great example. Luiz needlessly fouled Cardiff City’s Danny Ward high up the pitch with a trio of Blues streaking back to help. Spoiler alert: it resulted in a goal. Luckily for Luiz, Chelsea stormed back with a quartet of goals to handily outclass the Welsh side.

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