Stats: What Chelsea will lose if they sell David Luiz this summer

David Luiz has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona today.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is the subject of reports which suggest Barcelona are going to have another go at signing the centre back before the World Cup.

The fee being mentioned is around the £25 million mark which would be a very tempting offer but what exactly would Chelsea be losing if they did a deal for the feisty defender.


PlayerClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 53 20 1,515
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 40 26 2,280
Ashley Cole Chelsea DF 25 13 1,104
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 17 21 1,890
John Terry Chelsea DF 17 26 2,340
David Luiz Chelsea DF 14 15 1,176

Disregarding Ryan Bertrand who is no longer at the club, Luiz has made the fewest tackles this season which is surprising because when he’s not played in the defence, he’s been used in the holding midfield role.

Aerial Duels Won

PlayerClubPosAerial WonAppsMins
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 102 26 2,280
John Terry Chelsea DF 88 26 2,340
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 86 21 1,890
David Luiz Chelsea DF 32 15 1,176
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 28 20 1,515

He’s competitive in terms of aerial duels won against the number of games he’s played. It’s significant because he’s not the biggest defender physically, which suggests guts and determination in the face of big, imposing strikers. Interceptions Won

PlayerClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 31 26 2,280
John Terry Chelsea DF 29 26 2,340
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 27 20 1,515
David Luiz Chelsea DF 24 15 1,176
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 19 21 1,890
Ashley Cole Chelsea DF 16 13 1,104

He’s also competitive in terms of interceptions showing a good ability to read the game effectively. He’s much cleverer than being a defensively minded player who launches into tackles and makes rash decisions.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
John Terry Chelsea DF 1,161 26 2,340
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 872 26 2,280
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 815 21 1,890
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 601 20 1,515
David Luiz Chelsea DF 554 15 1,176

He’s down on the list of accurate passes when put up against Chelsea’s other defenders. There isn’t a great deal to read into this because of that fact he’s played fewer games. He’d move up the list with more appearances.

Outfield Blocks

PlayerClubPosOutfielder BlockAppsMins
Gary Cahill Chelsea DF 19 21 1,890
John Terry Chelsea DF 16 26 2,340
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea DF 8 26 2,280
César Azpilicueta Chelsea DF 7 20 1,515
David Luiz Chelsea DF 6 15 1,176

He’s effective when it comes to making blocks against outfield players. His numbers would again be higher with more appearances but he gets into the right positions to make it difficult for the opposition to get shots away on Chelsea’s goal.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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