Chelsea: Luiz position confirmed; midfielder to be given chance; superstar targeted
There has been lots of debate about how David Luiz fits in at Chelsea, with many doubting that he can play centre back under Antonio Conte. The Brazilian has played in central midfield before and has a superb passing range, which allows him to thrive there. His versatility is a bonus for Chelsea, as they are still short in some areas. Although he can play in a number of positions, Antonio Conte has made it clear that he sees Luiz as a centre back. The Mirror quotes the following:
“I think David Luiz is a centre back, he’s played a lot of games in that position.”
“I know sometimes he’s played as a central midfielder but in my mind the idea is to utilise him in the right position which, for me, is centre back.”
David Luiz is an eccentric centre back, who is known for taking unnecessary risks, but he is still a very good defender. Conte is known for being a coach that organises the defence well and Luiz could benefit from the Italian’s approach. The former PSG defender is an improvement on Gary Cahill and should be in line to start this weekend. He and John Terry have an already established a partnership, therefore the settling in period required for new signings is significantly reduced.
One player who could be set to feature in Chelsea’s midfield is Nathaniel Chalobah, after the club prevented him from leaving on another loan spell. The 21-year-old has long been tipped as a future England international, but it has been difficult for him to break into the first team at Chelsea. The midfielder has been on six loan spells and is now finally ready to make his Chelsea debut. He impressed Conte during pre-season with both his fitness and tactical work. Chalobah will now be given an opportunity to earn a long-term future at the club over the coming season.
During the summer, Chalobah had offers from Leicester City, Sevilla and Napoli, all of whom will be Champions League clubs this season. This highlights the talent that he possesses. He now needs game-time to continue progressing and it appears that Conte will provide him with chances at Stamford Bridge. He is a powerful midfielder, who will offer competition to Ngolo Kante and Nemanja Matic. Chalobah has a good passing range and can carry the ball from deep, making him perfect for a box-to-box midfield role. Chelsea fans should be excited to see a home-grown player in their squad and hope that more follow the route taken by Chalobah.
Finally, an exciting story developing is that Chelsea could be set to rival Manchester United for Antoine Griezmann if the Frenchman decides to leave Atletico in the future. The Telegraph report that Diego Simeone could seek a new challenge at the end of the season, which would put Griezmann’s future in doubt. Chelsea have been tracking the Frenchman for the last two years and would put significant funds into bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
The forward would cost a lot of money, with his release clause currently standing at €100 million, which would break Chelsea’s transfer record. The Blues may look to include Diego Costa in any deal for Griezmann as the striker is keen to return to Atletico. This would provide Chelsea with an advantage over Manchester United, which could be crucial. Chelsea have built a very good squad, which has been well supplemented during the summer. However, they are lacking that superstar signing to take them to the next level. The impact that Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have had on Manchester United is huge, providing them with a fear factor that they have previously lacked. Griezmann could have the same impact on Chelsea.
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