Martin Keown: What new Chelsea signing must improve
Martin Keown warns new Chelsea signing David Luiz that he must improve his composure
Martin Keown says David Luiz must improve his composure following the defender’s return to Chelsea.
The Brazil international completed a £32m transfer to the west London club from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day on Wednesday night.
Decision-making usually improves with age
Luiz has signed a three-year contract with Chelsea just over two years after the versatile defender swapped the Blues for PSG in a £50m deal under Jose Mourinho.
The South American will help to bolster Antonio Conte’s defence as he vies for a starting spot with captain John Terry, England’s Gary Cahill and France international Kurt Zouma.
Former Arsenal defender Keown has warned Luiz that he must improve his composure if the former Benfica man is to prove a long-term successor for Terry.
“If he is indeed set to replace Terry, his composure at the back must improve. He can be erratic and impatient, and tries to pinch the ball off the striker’s toe too often,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“He was all over the place against Germany without the suspended Thiago Silva by his side but he is older and, hopefully, wiser now and decision-making usually improves with age.”
Luiz played a vital role in Chelsea’s Champions League success under Roberto di Matteo in 2012 as he marshalled the Blues defence in the absence of suspended John Terry in the showpiece at the Allianz Arena.
The Brazilian defender also won the Europa League and the FA Cup during his initial three-and-a-half year stay at Stamford Bridge.