Harry Redknapp has told Chelsea centre-back David Luiz he must prove that he is over the “horrendous mistakes” he made in his time at Paris Saint-Germain.
Luiz rejoined the Blues from PSG during the summer transfer window in a deal worth £32million and Chelsea fans will be keen to see how he has improved as a defender since his last spell at Stamford Bridge.
And Redknapp, who isn’t convinced of the Brazil international’s defensive abilities, has encouraged Luiz to “prove” he has come back from France a better player.
“David Luiz says he is a better defender now than when he left Chelsea but he has to prove that is the case,” Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard.
“I saw him make some horrendous mistakes during his time at Paris St Germain and he is still prone to a rash tackle, diving in from bad positions and exposing his team-mates.
“There is no doubt he is a good footballer but PSG weren’t exactly desperate to keep him, were they? You’d think they would have wanted their money back at least.
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“He isn’t a defender in the mould Antonio Conte usually likes and with John Terry injured for Liverpool’s visit tomorrow, all eyes will be on him to hit the ground running in his second spell at the club.”
Redknapp is backing Antonio Conte’s men to be a force in the Premier League this season after watching them adapt to the Italian’s methods in their 2-2 draw with Swansea.
“Manchester City’s first 40 minutes against Manchester United last weekend made everybody sit up and take notice. City are going to take some stopping but I still fancy Chelsea to be bang there this season,” Redknapp added.
“There was enough in the Swansea game — even though they were pegged back — to suggest Conte has got them into a rhythm that could make them very difficult to beat.
“He is talking about converting from 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 shape at some point during the season — and Luiz can fit into that system well.”