Is this proof Mourinho will sell David Luiz this summer?

Chelsea defender David Luiz has declined in several areas statistically compared to last season.

David Luiz started the season under Jose Mourinho with an air of uncertainty hanging over his head.

The perception was that Mourinho didn’t see the Brazilian centre-back as disciplined enough to take a place in the heart of his back four, after a season which saw him playing regularly under Rafa Benitez as interim coach.

Mourinho has consequently changed Luiz’ position and nudged him forward into a holding midfield role on a more frequent basis, which has seen his key stats in several areas decline from last season.

In terms of outfield blocks, tackles won, interceptions, aerial duels won and accurate passes, Luiz is down in every area compared to last season.

  ClubPosOutfielder BlockWon TackleInterception WonAerial WonAccurate PassAppsMins
David Luiz Chelsea DF 11 37 51 59 1,228 30 2,634
  ClubPosOutfielder BlockWon TackleInterception WonAerial WonAccurate PassAppsMins
David Luiz Chelsea DF 6 17 25 38 628 18 1,313

He hasn’t played as much but it’s a sign that Mourinho hasn’t been overly keen on using him consistently in the Premier League and a sign that if Barcelona make the right offer this summer, Mourinho may well tell the club to take it.

Barca had a £15 million offer rejected for David Luiz last summer, most likely because Mourinho was unsure over how he was going to use the centre-back and holding midfielder this season.

The switch to a holding midfield role is also interesting considering the signings Mourinho made last winter.

Nemanja Matic returned to Stamford Bridge in a big money deal from Benfica and has slotted straight into the team.

Matic cuts the figure of one of the most imposing defensive midfielders any side can come up against and someone who has given John Obi Mikel a lot to think about in that position.

Mourinho also sanctioned a deal for Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma before loaning the defender back to the French club.

Zouma, known as ‘the Beast’ in France, is being tipped as John Terry’s long term replacement and Tomas Kalas’ performance against Liverpool in the recent win at Anfield means Luiz automatically has competition from two top quality youngsters for his place in the side.

Rather than move forward as a Premier League defensive player, the stats suggest the Brazilian has gone backwards and Mourinho showed with Juan Mata, he’s not afraid to sell anyone.

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