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Amazing Stats: This is why David Luiz is still among Europe’s best defenders


  • David Luiz was certainly the star of transfer deadline day, rejoining Chelsea from PSG in a 30million surprise move.

    The Brazilian centre-back played for the Blues for three years between 2011 and 2014, helping them to a historic Champions League win and becoming somewhat of a cult hero due to his humorous personality and erratic playing style.

    Despite being a defender, Luiz scored some cracking goals, often stepping up into midfield and unleashing long-range shots, as well as taking a liking for free-kicks.

    All in all he is not a typical defender by any measure, with his notable moments generally coming from the outrageous to the bizarre, rather than a game-saving tackle or intelligent piece of defending.

    It’s no wonder then that Luiz divides opinion like few others. To some, he is a maverick to be enjoyed, but to others he is a liability you wouldn’t want in the centre of defence.

    Either way he has returned to Chelsea and Antonio Conte will now have the chance to try and mould his newest signing.

    Pass accuracy

    Luiz has shown continued signs of improvement in his distribution, becoming more accurate over the past three seasons.

    Average pass accuracy in Ligue 1:

    2014/15 = 90%
    2015/16 = 92%
    2016/17 = 93%

    Interceptions

    Luiz is often criticised for his positional play. He can be guilty of moving out of position to try and snuff out danger at the earliest opportunity. But the stats show he is picking his chances better.

    Interceptions in the past two league seasons:
    Luiz (121)
    Ivanovic (98)
    Terry (70
    Cahill (63)

    Long passing       

    The ability to launch an attack quickly, directly and accurately is an important one. At Chelsea, with Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi, Luiz’s vision and long balls could prove a useful weapon.

    David Luiz completed the exact same number of long passes in Ligue 1 for PSG over the last two seasons as midfield metronome Marco Verratti (183).

    Through balls

    Luiz’s more than comfortable approach on the ball means he is very capable of playing out from the back. What can be his Achilles heel is also an effective weapon.

    David Luiz completed more domestic through balls over the last three seasons (9) than Blaise Matuidi (7), Oscar (5) and Michael Carrick (4).

    Success                                                                                                                             For all his critics, Luiz has been consistently successful during his career so far. Overall he has won 15 trophies during his club career at Benfica, Chelsea and PSG.

    Money

    For a player some deem a liability, he has sure attracted a lot of money.

    Following his deadline day move he is the first defender to accumulate more than £100m in transfer fees.

    2011: £21m
    2014: £50m
    2016: £30m

     

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