Roman Abramovich to name David Luiz as permanent Chelsea captain this summer.
John Terry: Captain, leader, legend.
Chelsea fans’ famous banner may require some amending.
According to the Daily Star, club owner Roman Abramovich is considering taking away the captaincy from Terry to give to David Luiz on a permanent basis.
Luiz has demonstrated admirable passion and commitment to the team’s cause, and has improved considerably since his arrival to Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
The Brazilian was initially derided by pundits for his occasionally frenetic performances, with Gary Neville famously suggested he was playing as if he was “controlled by a 10 year-old on a PlayStation.”
Neville has since stated that he was merely referring to a particular performance, and that the Selecao star’s efforts between then and now merit the praise he is receiving.
Luiz has proven a valuable asset both in central defence and in defensive midfield, and because he is more regularly deployed in the back four, John Terry is no longer assured of his place.
From that point of view, stripping Terry of the captaincy is understandable, but for a man who make sure he puts the armband back on after he has swapped shirts, it is likely to prove a difficult pill to swallow.