With the surprising news that David Luiz has forced a move to Arsenal on deadline day, I look at whether Chelsea was right to let the defender leave this late on.
The 32-year-old Brazilian centre-back has completed his move to Arsenal for £8m.
No one saw this deal happening until yesterday when news came out that Luiz refused to train with the first team, to force through a late move to the Gunners.
It is still unknown what has happened behind the scenes regarding David Luiz, but Frank Lampard is due to give an update on Friday in his Manchester United press conference.
But in the meantime- here are the pros and cons of Chelsea selling David Luiz.
+ Selling a player which is unhappy at the club is the right move. You don’t want any discontent and instability within the team during the season.
+ David Luiz is 32 and in many people’s minds past it- so some people see this move as Chelsea flogging deadwood.
+ David Luiz leaving means that other defenders at Chelsea get more chances of playing more regular first-team football. The main player on my mind who this refers to is Fikayo Tomori. The young defender was on the verge of leaving on loan to Everton, but Luiz leaving has halted that move. This means that Tomori may have a more significant role in the first team for the upcoming season, which could be great for his development
+ The Brazilian centre back has a poor mentality. Many Chelsea fans thought that David Luiz could be a leader, and could be a good role model to younger players who are coming through, but this doesn’t seem like being the case as he wants to jump ship to Arsenal. So getting rid of someone with a weak mentality at this crucial time for Chelsea is probably the right move in the long-term. Especially if he’s not willing to fight for his place in the back four this season.
+ Selling the Brazilian could be a start of Lampard getting rid of the player power mentality at the club.
– Selling him to a direct rival like Arsenal could be a massive mistake, as the club are strengthening a rival in a position that they need to improve upon.
– Selling him for only £8 million pounds is a low fee, considering he only signed a two-year contract extension recently!
– The Blues can’t replace David Luiz due to having a transfer ban.
Can you think of any other pros and cons of Chelsea allowing David Luiz to leave to Arsenal? Let us know.