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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must have raised some eyebrows when he decided to let David Luiz leave the club to join Chelsea rivals Arsenal.
At the time of Luiz’s exit, Antonio Rudiger was injured and the Chelsea team didn’t have an experienced defender.
However, the team has improved even in defence and young defender Fikayo Tomori has been a revelation for Chelsea with some massive displays that have earned him the trust of his manager.
Former Chelsea player and manager Glen Hoddle believes Tomori has the potential to be among the best in the world in a few years time and admitted that Luiz no longer has the energy to play the way Lampard wants his defense to play.
“The kid has got great pace, youthful tenacity, doesn’t give up,” said the former England manager on BT Sports.
“That’s what you get from young players, the energy.
“Imagine getting that from David Luiz, no disrespect, he’s at a different stage of his career, he wouldn’t be able to do it. ‘In two or three years time I think he’s going to be a top, top defender.”
Meanwhile, Luiz has claimed he left Chelsea for Arsenal so that he can win titles.
The Brazilian told the Telegraph: “Arsenal was always a big club. The club is always going to be big. Of course, in the last few years, because the club is so big everybody expects more titles. This is natural.
“I came here because I see they have the potential to do that, to fight for that. This is my mentality, this is my ambition, this is what I want in this club.
“The more you win, the more you believe, the more it becomes easier. It starts to become automatic. You know what you have to do, you know the mentality.
“It is not about the beginning, it is about the end. Last season everybody was killing Arsenal, killing [Maurizio] Sarri. In the end, we won a title [Europa League].”