Ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has revealed he owes Chelsea coach Antonio Conte an apology for doubting his decision to sign Brazilian defender David Luiz.
David Luiz was a surprise £34 million transfer deadline day signing and the defender was impressive against Everton, keeping Romelu Lukaku quiet in Chelsea’s 5-0 victory over Everton on Saturday.
“I think I owe Chelsea boss Antonio Conte an apology,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column. “I was one of those pundits who gasped and then sneered at his decision to bring Luiz back to Stamford Bridge.
“Yet what I have witnessed since the Brazil defender’s return is a player utterly focused on defending and taking pride in keeping clean sheets.
“Against Everton, he stuffed Romelu Lukaku in his right pocket and Yannick Bolasie in his left.
“I cannot remember a single chance Everton had throughout the 90 minutes in one of the best defensive displays I have seen by a Chelsea team in years.
“And it was led and directed by Luiz. Magnificent.”