As the final whistle blew to signal the end of a thrilling match between Fulham and Chelsea, the Premier League had just welcomed its newest star, David Luiz.
The impressive Brazilian on just his first start for Chelsea was, in all sense of the word, everywhere. Partnering John Terry in the centre of defence he started showing signs of typical Brazilian elegance, composure and confidence that belied his lack of Premiership experience.
A towering presence at the back, Luiz along with Terry was soon dominating in the air and making valuable interceptions, but the most noticeable aspect of his game was the fact he was so calm and composed bringing the ball out from defence.
This was done a few times in the first half, playing almost as an extra midfielder as Chelsea started dominating the game culminating in him playing a lovely ball over the top of the Fulham defence to Fernando Torres who unfortunately mis-controlled the ball and the chance was gone. But the brilliance of Luiz’s pass was there for all to see.
After half-time it was more or less one-way traffic towards the Fulham goal and David Luiz found himself everywhere. The Brazilian was marauding down the right-wing, playing quick, one touch football around the 18 yard box and generally acting more as an advanced midfielder than a centre-back. Such was his active role in the game that he once found himself on the left hand-side of the Fulham penalty area and, in true Brazilian style, put in a cross by way of a Wayne Rooney-esque overhead kick. Needless to say, the Chelsea fans behind the goal gave him a rapturous cheer amongst the chants of, “Luiz…Luiz…Luiz”.
His first full debut got even more eventful as in injury time, he gave away a penalty when he was adjudged to have tripped Clint Dempsey. His blushes were spared though as the resulting penalty was saved by Petr Cech.
The match finished 0-0 and despite his late blunder, the Man of the Match rightly went to David Luiz for his excellent, action man like display. Calm and composed, and brilliant with the ball, if this match is anything to go by, Chelsea have bought themselves a star in the making.