Douglas Luiz undroppable for Aston Villa, deserves call-up to Brazil national team - Ty Bracey
Ty Bracey believes Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is undroppable for Unai Emery right now and deserves to be recalled to the Brazil national set-up.
The former Manchester City midfielder struggled for consistent minutes at the beginning of the season under Steven Gerrard but has been a mainstay in the middle of the park over recent months.
In a double pivot alongside French international Boubacar Kamara, Luiz has thrived, scoring two goals and creating four assists from Emery’s 15 Premier League games at the helm, compared to the two goal contributions he had from his opening 12 games of the season.
Even in Kamara’s injury absence before the international break, the 24-year-old stepped up against West Ham and Bournemouth, with Emery singling out the midfielder as a “necessary” cog in his new-look system after the 3-0 win against the Cherries. [Birmingham Live]
He said: “He’s definitely undroppable to Emery right now. I’ve really enjoyed seeing him in a double pivot and I think that Kamara and Luiz are both the key for Villa going forward.
“I would love to see those two in that pivot for as long as possible.
“Whether clubs come knocking for Dougie again this summer, I don’t know, Arsenal came for him when Gerrard was there, but I would love to see him stay for a few more years at a minimum.
“He has to be close to a Brazil call-up. I understand with Casemiro that he is going to be playing that central defensive midfield position, so it is hard to get him in there, but he has definitely warranted a call-up.
“He should be starting games for Brazil, and I think it is only a matter of time before this happens.”
Arsenal came knocking for Luiz last summer with a failed bid of £25million, and it would come as no surprise if Mikel Arteta’s side, or any other Champions League team for that matter, would come snooping again.
For now though, Luiz is taking his game to a new level in a claret and blue shirt and can hopefully help navigate the club to their first Premier League top-half finish since the 2010/11 season.