Luiz to play the 'Alonso' role for Rafa?
On Wednesday night during the second half, with Chelsea winning comfortably, Rafa Benitez made a tactical switch that I know would have pleased some Chelsea fans. He moved David Luiz into a holding midfield position!
With the ball at his feet that night, Luiz was outstanding and he showed just how good he is and can be. His touch was instant, and he showed glimpses of what he could offer Rafa Benitez in a midfield position for the remainder of the season.
With Mikel banned for three games and missing games in January due to the African Cup of Nations, David Luiz could partner Oriol Romeu in the middle if Rafa Benitez intends to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation.
We have all seen at times Luiz and the weakness in his defending. He has come on leaps and bounds ever since he has been here, but is still prone to making the same mistakes.
With him being pushed into midfield and with Cahill and Ivanovic behind him, he will have freedom to pick a pass, and if anything, play the “Alonso role” for Fernando Torres under Benitez. We already saw glimpses of that the other night, as he looked to play a ball over the top and in behind for Torres.
One thing Torres has struggled with at Chelsea is knowing that he will have the right service at the right time. He is someone who thrives on playing on the shoulder of the last defender. At the moment, he knows he isn’t going to get the ball played in behind or over top, so he drops deep or moves out wide.
With Luiz playing in this position, looking for the runs of Torres first and foremost, we could see Torres get back to somewhere near his best and boost his confidence, which will help Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge.
David Luiz with the ball at his feet is arguably up there with the best that Chelsea have in the squad, and could be the answer that Torres and Benitez have been looking for.
What do you think?