This comes after Rolinson co-hosted a recent episode of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Dean Smith’s side, including their recent 3-1 defeat against Manchester United in the Premier League.
On the subject of Luiz, who gave away a penalty during the second half of the game against the Manchester club for a foul on United midfielder Paul Pogba that Bruno Fernandes scored, Rolinson had this to say about Luiz. (6.16)
He said: “I’m not so sure about Luiz. I’ve said multiple times on this podcast, there are times where I think oh, he’s a great player and Man City will come back in and that’ll be the end of his Villa career and then other times I think he isn’t good enough for Villa if Villa want to push up to Europe.
“Sometimes I don’t think he’s near that standard to be a consistent top-six Premier League footballer because he’s just got too many mistakes in him like we saw [against United].
“If he improves like we saw last year in project restart, he was good then but this season, pretty much for the entirety, he’s not done a lot for me, to be honest.”
Villa signed Luiz back in the 2019 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League side Manchester City for a fee of £15.12 million.
Since then, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £31.5 million, has gone on to make 73 appearances for the Midlands club in which he has managed to score three goals and provide five assists in the process (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Dan Rolinson’s comments on Luiz…
Given how Luiz gave the penalty away to get United back into the game at Villa Park over the weekend and the fact that he ultimately earned himself a disappointing match rating of 5.71/10, making him one of the lowest-rated players for Villa on the day, it’s easy to see why Rolinson is starting to have doubts about the Brazilian.
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Moving forward, Luiz and everyone at Villa will be undoubtedly be hoping that his performance against United was just a bad day at the office and will move on from it and start putting in some decent performances for Villa on a consistent basis and start to prove any doubters wrong.