Chelsea defender David Luiz has had a standout season in his first year back in the Premier League, but that seemingly hasn’t been enough to impress Paul Merson.
Eyebrows were raised when manager Antonio Conte decided to bring the Brazilian international back to Stamford Bridge for £32m just two years after he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain, but the decision has been vindicated with Luiz proving to be a vital component of the Premier League winners’ three-man defence.
However, Merson is of the opinion that his performance in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal has tarnished all of that, and insists that Chelsea need to buy a new defender in the summer as Luiz as been “found out.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, the outspoken pundit suggests that his role in Aaron Ramsey’s winner is all the prove that is needed that the 30-year-old isn’t up to the task of being a defender in a team with aspirations of winning the Champions League.
“I think Conte needs to bring in another defender.
“I know everybody goes on about how good David Luiz has been but he got found out again in the FA Cup final.
“He had no awareness of the danger for the Aaron Ramsey goal.
“They looked tired in the cup final so they definitely need some more numbers in there to be able to balance Champions League and defending the Premier League title, especially with everybody out to beat the champions.”
Quotes via the Mirror
Conte will almost certainly be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements anyway, especially with the loss of John Terry and a European campaign coming up. Nonetheless, it has generally been accepted that replacing Luiz shouldn’t be a priority, as he has been one of the best (the best in some peoples’ minds) defenders in the Premier League this season.
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