Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown thinks Chelsea could see David Luiz as John Terry’s long-term replacement.
Luiz only left the Blues two years ago but rejoined on transfer deadline day in a deal worth £34million from PSG.
The signing was one of the shocks of the final day of the window with interest from the Blues seemingly materialising within 24 hours of the deadline.
Antonio Conte was desperate to recruit a new centre-half in the summer window and turned his attention to the 29-year-old after missing out on Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.
Not every Chelsea fan will welcome the Brazilian’s return after mixed reviews during his last spell, however, Keown is backing him to be a success.
“It looks as though David Luiz has been brought in as the long-term successor to John Terry at Chelsea, and I think it’s a very good signing,” Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“It was quickly forgotten how influential Luiz had been at Chelsea [after he joined PSG]. He was a real leader at the back and you can’t overstate the part he played in the 2012 Champions League final victory.
“It’ll be fascinating to see how he has developed in the past two years, and I expect him to settle in quickly.”
David Luiz did not earn himself a reputation as a reliable defender during his time in England and his return to Stamford Bridge has surely raised eyebrows amongst the Chelsea fan base.
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.
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.