David Luiz featured for Chelsea again yesterday afternoon with a heavily strapped right leg. That makes it four games in a row that the Brazilian has played through the pain barrier, and while his standards haven’t dropped through that period, it has worrying implications.
While Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are ready to fill in for Gary Cahill at a moment’s notice, the lack of a backup for Luiz is more concerning. If there was a ready-made replacement to play in the former PSG man’s role, we undoubtedly would have seen them at some point. As it stands, Terry would be the best replacement given his passing ability, but his lack of mobility and reluctance to move ahead of the defensive line make him an imperfect replacement.
Nathan Ake, impressing on loan at Bournemouth, has played as a midfielder before, and given a few heavy duty months in the gym over the summer to try and make him closer to Luiz’ physique, he could be the best replacement we have next year.
Chelsea to make £34m bid ahead of first January signing – report
Chelsea are ready to table an initial offer of £34m to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich this month, according to reports in the British media.
The Sun is reporting that Antonio Conte is keen on a reunion with the Chile international at Stamford Bridge after having coached him during their spells at Juventus.
The same story says that Chelsea have turned their attentions to Vidal after initially wanting to sign Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma.
The article also states that Chelsea have plenty of funds available following Oscar’s sale in the January transfer window.
The report says that Chelsea are set to make an initial £34m bid but that Bayern are likely to want closer to £40m for Vidal.
Chelsea have been the Premier League’s top performing team this season following Conte’s appointment as the club’s new manager back in the summer.
The Blues headed into 2017 top of the Premier League table after having established themselves as the firm favourites to win the title this season.
Thiery Henry Praises Victor Moses
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has given his thoughts on Victor Moses brilliant piece of skill that sent Stoke City defender Erik Pieters to the turf during Chelsea 4-2 win over Stoke City.
Moses sent Peters to the floor with a clever piece of skill before delivering a cross into the box which Diego Costa laid for Willian to score Chelsea’s second goal.
While Costa’s one touch assist and Willian’s brilliant left foot finish appears to have stolen the limelight for the goal, Henry is of the opinion that Moses deserves some credit for initiating the move.
“I don’t know where Victor Moses came from but he’s playing really well. The second goal scored by Chelsea was started by him, the way he took the defender out is something we don’t usually see on a regular”, Henry said.
“If Chelsea carry on the way they are, they’re by not conceding defeat, they could be champions as early as the first quarter of next year”.