Of Chelsea’s two January signings, it is clear David Luiz has had the more remarkable start than Fernando Torres. Unexpectedly, it has been the flamboyant Brazilian who has captured the imagination of the Blues’ support and not 50 million pound Torres. Goals and afro wigs (that look suspiciously like the Marouane Fellaini wigs) have flowed from the 24 year old but has Luiz shown that he can be the answer to Chelsea’s central defensive woes of the last couple of years, as they have struggled to find a permanent, quality replacement for Ricardo Carvalho.
Luiz was brought in to be that man. However, weaknesses have shown in Luiz’s game and Ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti finally lost patience when in the crucial defeat to Manchester United earlier this month, Luiz seemed to be at fault for Javier Hernandez’s pivotal early goal. Luiz does look like a skilful enough footballer and strong defender, he is possibly prone to mistakes and naïve as to the intensity of the English game.
With this in mind, do Chelsea already have in their ranks the permanent partner of John Terry?
Branislav Ivanovic, arguably Chelsea’s player of the season having played 34 league games in a season where it seemed every defender was at sometime injured, could be the answer to the problem. At times when Ferreira and fellow Portuguese full back Jose Bosingwa have been injured (so… most of the last 2 years) Ivanovic has deputised at right back and very competently, showing he can be creative going forward as well as solid in defence. Those who have seen Ivanovic play at centre back would probably argue that he is wasted at right back and his quality lies at centre back, alongside John Terry.
Ivanovic’s speed and covering abilities compliment Terry’s positioning and bravery perfectly and more importantly, he is less prone to mistakes (at this moment in time) than Luiz. However, with Ferreira and Bosingwas’ Chelsea careers seemingly coming to an end, Ivanovic’s calling may be at right back.
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