Chelsea Transfer News: £21m David Luiz Latest

By on January 26, 2011

The grand talk of the week is ‘Luiz of Benfica to Chelsea for ₤21m’. Who is this Luiz? He is a Brazilian International, 23 years of age, playing for Benfica, a Portugal Top Division Club. Benfica bought him from Brazilian Club Vitoria for ₤440,000 in 2007. He is a natural Center Back but can competently play in the Left Back. He played most of the 2009 season in the Left Back position for Benfica. Had only one major injury so far in his career, a Metatarsal fracture, which kept him out for 9 months in 2008. His agent is Giuliano, who is also the agent for our Center Back Alex and Jo of Manchester City.

Now there have been loads of talks, criticisms and comments on this proposed Transfer. Reports suggest that Chelsea have applied for Work permit and the hearing will take place tomorrow although nothing is announced officially yet. Many welcome this move and some criticize this move. Among the many criticisms, the main ones are ‘₤21m for a 23 year old Defender is too much’, ‘We don’t need another Center Back, we are already having four’, ‘This will reduce the chances for Bruma – worse will make him to seek another club’. For me these three allegations are the ones of the value of at least considering.

Firstly ₤21 Million Pounds for a Defender has been harshly criticized by Pundits. Indeed I have to agree ₤21m for a 23 year old is really an ‘inflated’ price, but to sign ‘good’ talent we have to pay the price. Indeed United paid ₤30 million in 2002 to sign 24 year old Rio Ferdinand from Leeds and City Paid ₤24 million for 27 year old Joleon Lescott in 2009. If ‘inflation’ adjustment is done to match the current market Price paid for Rio Ferdinand will be even more, thus provided David Luiz becomes a hit in the Premier League the price paid will be a fair one, because we have paid sums like ₤21m for Wright-Philips, ₤18m for Zhirkov, and the most famous ‘flop of all time’ ₤30.8m for Shevchenko, compared to those, if Luiz becomes a hit, which he has enough potential, the money paid will be ‘peanuts’ for Chelsea, but the point here is that big ‘IF’, only time will answer that. After watching Berbatov impress at United after two mega sloppy seasons, I feel we could have given Sheva a bit more time & opportunities, anyways what was done is done, it cannot be undone. I’m happy Ancelotti is giving enough chances for Ramires and Ramires is showing signs of constant development. In this back drop in regard to the price paid for Luiz, although it may be ‘over the range’ now, if success follows, it could be considered fair.

The second & third allegations (which I tend to put together) – ‘Do we need another CB?, we already have 4 and another addition will affect Bruma’ is a more of an hyperbolical contention in my opinion. The major defensive players we have are Terry, Ashley, Alex, Ivanovic, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Bruma and Van Aanholt. I shall distinguish Terry, Alex and Bruma as CBs, Ivanovic & Bosingwa as RBs, Ashley & Van Aanholt as LBs and Ferreira as a last resort RB & LB backup. Some may contrast from my idea of distinguishing Ivanovic as a Right Back and claim that he is a Center Back, but for me I feel Ivanovic is a better RB for Chelsea than a CB. Last season, where he was voted Best player, he mostly played in the RB and was superb! So I believe Ivanovic should be played in the RB than CB. Then, I would leave Ferreira out of contention, because in my opinion he is no more of any substantial use for Chelsea, he could only act as a last resort back up. So leaving out Ferreira we have 3 CBs, 2 RBs & 2 LBs, out these 2 are youngsters and 2 are 30 years old and one is currently injured, Thus I don’t see any fair point in the arguments that we don’t need a Center Back. Then arises the question how will we manage to play all of them? In other words, if we have 4 CBs, how will we manage games between them. The simple answer would be rotation.

There had been enough arguments and grievances on Ancelotti not giving enough chances for Bruma but what I personally feel is had we maintained the same ‘perfect’ run we had in the start of this season, definitely in games against ‘lower’ teams youngsters would have started, the simple reason Ancelotti is stepping back in giving youngsters a chance is because he doesn’t want to take another risk and that’ll be a bad risk also affecting those youngsters. Because it’s a simple psychology of fans that if the team badly lose the manager is blamed, now we blame Ancelotti for losing saying we could have played the youngsters, had Ancelotti played the youngsters and lost, these same fans, at least most of them would have blatantly commented badly about Ancelotti’s risk and such comments would badly affect the youngsters’ morale and confidence. Hence, I understand Ancelotti’s decision. All this hype about letting youngsters play is simply because of our bad run.

Being a manager who brought up players like Kaka & Pato I’m sure Ancelotti know the way to handle youngsters better than these football ‘pundits’. Coming to rotation. Terry is now a regular for us despite carrying a problem in the back. He is 30 now and if we want him to play for another 3-5 seasons we need to give him rest, in other words burden of matches on him should be reduced, whether he likes it or not, it is a must to sustain his fitness. Secondly, Injuries can occur to anyone at anytime, thus we need ‘proper’ back ups, I do not see players of the kind of Ferreira as a ‘good & proper’ back up. Considering all these factors I would strongly back the signing of Luiz and I’m sure it will not affect Bruma’s chances as he is young (19) and has enough time especially compared with our aging squad. I think Luiz’s signing will be an ideal one through which we can develop a good center back partnership between Luiz & Bruma for the future. Hence, I back the clubs decision to sign David Luiz (if it is happening | so far no official announcements).

DO WE NEED ANY MORE PLAYERS?

Yes, definitely we need a Striker – young, skilled and with flair and a Midfielder like Sneijder! – May be in the summer!

Ash Di Spontaneus

Chelsea Analyst

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16 Comments

  1. Adnaan

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    we need sanchez this winter…this guy will add more flair and creativity in the attack…

  2. Saikat

    January 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

    We need sanchez this winter.ancelotti must consider signing carrol and aguero also,if not in january,then in summer

  3. Gary

    January 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    You say we need a striker, young, skilled, and with flair. This is Neymar. I think he will want to move by the summer.

  4. elempe

    January 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

    i dont know what we want Abromovich should do. when we were loosing we were complaining that we should get some covers, now he was trying to get some better defender and we supporters were against the idear and we forget that football of nowadays needs money before you can have good sub. pls. lets gather together and say thank you to Rusian owner. Dont discourage him. many thanks.

    • Jimoh

      February 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      solid points

  5. Sean

    January 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

    We need him because ivanovich wants a move to rband if he dosent hes leaving.

  6. Sean

    January 26, 2011 at 11:49 am

    ivanovich wants a move to rb and if he dosent get it he says he would leave

  7. Ganiyu Olalekan Abdullahi

    January 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Yes, we need a young skillful straker like aguero. But if movemt of aguero was nt deal, come back to ENGLAND we have many skifull attacker like lennon, Asley young & many. To support D drogba… but kalou is also a skilful good attacker if continously use.

  8. Onochie Chris

    January 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    we definitely need a sharp skilled and young STRIKER & MIDFIELDER. In likes of Pablo Hernedez of Vilencia, Sneider of Inter Milian, Thomas (Westbrom) who i believe will not cost much and will make impact.

  9. M. Salman

    January 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I think alexis sanchez is good chelsea needs to have a player lilke him. Already nico, DD are above 30 and they r able to play 3 to 4 season more if there is no injury to them. Kakuta and Sturridge are good talent and it is good that kakuta is going for loan to fulham this will definetly benefit him and he will able to play for first team. city and united are in a race for sanchez in summer this thing is bad.

  10. Nightmare

    January 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    chelsea surely need a young striker like luiz suarez, Aguero or Neymar

  11. Monlover

    January 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Wow!i luv this article…chelsea pls just do all ur best to sign both luiz and sanchez…

  12. mamadou njie

    January 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    well rely need a young striker .we don’t want the team to go down.form the Gambia west africa

    • Jimoh

      February 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      you also made a solid point. we need to avoid what is happening to Liverpool. chelsea supports Africa players and other continents of the world. Jimoh. from federal republic of nigeria

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  14. Jimoh

    February 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    in my opinion, our cry, sobber,and worried days after each football match are over as Chelsea football fans. i sincerely appreciated the entire management of chelsea football club on the signing of two solid players. we are not the type that can just go for any how players. although, we might not support the club financially but spiritually, we are there. i also congratulates Drogba , Kalou and Anelka. blueeeee for Lifeeeeee. JIMOH

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