Chelsea defender David Luiz proved his critics wrong after producing stellar performances for Chelsea throughout the season as Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare.
Garth Crooks picked Luiz in his team of the season.
“I don’t know what to say about David Luiz that I haven’t already said this season. He has been the defender of the year for me,” Crooks told BBC.
“The Brazil centre-back has played this season with an authority that I have only seen in great defenders. Dutch master Rudi Krol and Italian great Paolo Maldini both had it, while Liverpool legend Alan Hansen and Arsenal hero Tony Adams also produced such performances in their careers.
“Needless to say all the players I have mentioned won honours befitting their status. David Luiz is having the season football players dream about. Only losing the FA Cup could possibly spoil it.”