David Luiz - Proof that Chelsea should let Bayern, Barca target leave

Arguably the best two sides in world football are reportedly fighting it out for Chelsea 3rd choice centre back David Luiz. We take a look at why Chelsea should look to move on.

Football is a funny game and despite being one of the reputable defenders in the world, Mourinho has decided to proceed with English duo Gary Cahill and John Terry for much of this season. And with two footballing giants circling Luiz, should Chelsea leave the door open for the Brazilian to leave?

According to German newspaper Bild Pep Guardiola has given Bayern club officials orders to try and sign the player, despite strong interest from his former club, Barcelona.

But what would Chelsea really lose by selling David Luiz?

The Brazilian is statistically the worst out of main competition for central defensive positions, with Terry, Cahill and Ivanovic all impressing more in the numbers game.

Effective clearances per game:
John Terry - 7.2 per game - 144 overall
Gary Cahill - 5.8 per game - 76 overall
Branislav Ivanovic - 5.5 per game - 105 overall
David Luiz - 3.8 per game - 34 overall

Tackles per game:
Branislav Ivanovic - 1.9 per game - 36 overall
Gary Cahill - 1 per game - 13 overall
John Terry - 0.9 per game - 18 overall
David Luiz - 0.7 per game - 6 overall

Fouls per game:
David Luiz - 1.8 per game - 16 overall
Branislav Ivanovic - 1.4 per game - 26 overall
Gary Cahill - 0.5 per game - 6 overall
John Terry - 0.4 per game - 7 overall

Blocked shots:
Gary Cahill - 0.8 per game - 10 overall
John Terry - 0.7 per game - 13 overall
David Luiz - 0.7 per game - 6 overall
Branislav Ivanovic - 0.4 per game - 7 overall

Pass Accuracy %
John Terry - 89.4
Gary Cahill - 86.5
Branislav Ivanovic - 81.4
David Luiz - 80.9

Although when it comes to average interceptions per game, he becomes Chelsea's best performer. 

Interceptions per game:
David Luiz - 1.9 per game - 17 overall
John Terry - 1.2 per game - 23 overall
Branislav Ivanovic - 1.2 per game - 22 overall
Gary Cahill - 0.8 per game - 10 overall

The Brazilian does have age on his side in comparison with his competitors and not to mention that Ivanovic is largely used as a right back for Chelsea, despite his ability to play in the middle. Any decision likely to be made on the defender is going to be well thought out by Jose and his staff, but if the player does end up leaving Stamford Bridge, it is unlikely to be problematic for the club, who could then be free to search for a long-term successor to the John Terry legacy.

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