When John Terry had an injury back in September, it looked like a big deal at the time, as Chelsea’s defence looked clueless without their inspirational captain.
Five months on, Terry is yet to start a league game for Chelsea, and former Blue Tony Cascarino has put it down to the form of summer signing David Luiz.
Cascarino believes that Luiz didn’t start the season well, but has now blossomed into one of the best players in the league.
“At the start of the season David Luiz looked like being one of the worst transfers when Chelsea re-signed him from Paris Saint-Germain,” Cascarino wrote in The Times.
“The price they paid was so high that it had to be questioned. But he has come back and is now close to being one of the players of the year.
“He has hardly put a foot wrong and is really cruising through this season.
“We forget that John Terry hasn’t even been missed from the side and that is all because of David Luiz.”