The Senegal international has long been linked with a move away from St. James’ Park as a result of a release clause, thought to be around £7.5m, inserted into his contract from when he left West Ham United.
As I discussed yesterday, my real qualm is with our defence at the moment, and with two clean sheets in a row, it is clear to see they are heading in the right direction.
Nonetheless, with Luiz now breaking into our midfield five, we could well do with the addition of a centre-back to the fray, with John Terry injured, that leaves just Ivanovic and Cahill as the fit centre-backs, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta is now our preferred right-back
David Luiz is better suited to midfield. Fans know that, pundits know that, and now, Rafa Benitez knows that.“When we have more bodies and options at centre-back, it will be easier to use him in midfield” stated Benitez last week.
Of course, with the indefinite injury to John Terry, who may well be out for the whole Christmas schedule, it is unrealistic to ask Luiz to play midfield week-in-week-out, as that would mean switching Ivanovic to the centre to partner Cahill, with no reserve.
Twenty days, and seven games. That is the task in front of us. Well, I say task, the real task is to win as many of these seven as possible.
Five of those are Premier League games, arguably the most important, and three of them are away. When you look at the fixtures, they aren’t the most challenging on paper, until you dig a little deeper.
One £50m move for a striker and the pressure is going to on, that’s a given. It’s the fee Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres a little under two years ago and it’s fair to say the deal hasn’t worked out as well as many had hoped.
A little over 20 goals in close to 100 appearances, averaging at around one every four games, isn’t the ideal return for a striker so prolific during his days at Anfield and as an Atletico Madrid youngster.
Bradford City shocked Arsenal in last weeks quarter-final clash, and you can understand why Leeds fans will look at that for inspiration tonight.
Although this game certainly has a different feel to it. Fierce rivalry doesn’t quite cut it. Littered throughout the 60s and 70s, were a few clashed that would be remembered for decades to come.
Us Chelsea fans should be used to frustration by now shouldn’t we? Ever since that Champions League win, there has been head-banging at Stamford Bridge than your average heavy metal concert.
Lets be honest, most of us thought the Super Cup and Club World Cup were ours to lose. Favourites in both, we were undone by Falcao first, and then ourselves on Sunday, coming back to the Bridge trophy-less, as well as being the first winners of the Champions League to exit at the group-stage phase, its hardly been a great few months.