Chelsea Icon Analysis: Should David Luiz Get a Start in Midfield at Norwich?

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Chelsea Icon Analysis: Should David Luiz Get a Start in Midfield at Norwich?
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It wasn't the first time that he featured in the double pivot, and going by the evidence put forth against Aston Villa, it won't be the last.

David Luiz's first audition in midfield came in the second half of their home game against Champions League Group E whipping boys Nordsjaelland. Although the big win wasn't enough to seal Chelsea's qualification into the last 16, there were positives, the most prominent being the ease with which Luiz settled into midfield.

On Sunday evening, Chelsea ran riot, giving the visiting Villa a real pummeling, and David Luiz had a big hand in it. It was, of course, the fuzzy-haired Brazilian who was all over the pitch, spreading play and winning 50-50s for his team.

He even had a Drogba-esque moment in the 29th minute, scoring via a perfectly weighted free kick from around 25 yards out using the very technique Chelsea's Ivorian legend used to use.

Barney Ronay of The Guardian has gone as far as to dub him Fulham Road's Sócrates.

Rafael Benitez would like to think he has finally found the position the young man is best suited for. By his own admission, Rafa knows that the margin of error afforded to the 25-year-old at centre-back is significantly less than when Luiz features higher up the pitch.

Assisted by the FourFourTwo Football Stats Zone app, I present to you an icon analysis of David Luiz, which would certainly help assess his performance against the Villans on Sunday. It should put us in a position to decide whether or not he merits a start in midfield when Chelsea travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich this Wednesday.

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