Listening to the popular sports radio station Talksport this morning, I have to admit to being somewhat taken aback by an interview that took place with ex-Chelsea captain Ray ‘Butch` Wilkins.Talking to Breakfast Show stalwart Alan Brazil, Wilkins was asked his opinion on the tackle that saw David Luiz dismissed following his rash tackle on Saed Kolasinac. The opinion of the former Blues coach, in my opinion, beggars belief. I`m not sure what his agenda is, but he certainly seems to have turned away from being Mr. Chelsea in recent months.
Taking the quote directly from the Talksport Website this is what he said,
“It was an atrocious tackle. He either wants to hurt Kolasinac, or he`s afraid. I`ll go for the latter. He saw him coming towards him and thought, ‘wow, this fella is a giant` and he basically wet himself. Kolasinac went to the floor, his boots never came off the ground, he just went for the ball. If Luiz had done that there would have been nothing wrong. It`s on the halfway line for goodness sake.”
Wilkins left Chelsea during Carlo Ancelotti`s time in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, Google offers a host of reasons for his sudden departure. Despite that though he still seemed to have an affinity towards his former club. That appears to have gone out of the window and he seems to have lost the plot somewhat.
To say Luiz ‘wet himself` is ridiculous, rude and disrespectful in the extreme. It`s an unprofessional analysis of the incident by someone who should know better. He`s had issues recently with alcoholism, which he has openly discussed on Talksport and hopefully addressed. But, he ought to lay-off trying to sensationalise in order to feather his own media nest.
Whatever his gripes with those at Chelsea, and it`s true we can all be critical of our own club, his place in the media spotlight has to be, if not impartial, at least measured.
Luiz didn`t ‘wet himself`, he simply made a stupid, rash, reckless challenge for which he was rightly given a red card. He will miss the next three Premier League games, away at Stoke City, at home to Manchester City and away at Crystal Palace.
It`s a shame ‘Butch` has turned his back in his former club in such a vindictive way, the ‘young man` who also played for Manchester United seems to have turned to Jose Mourinho and the Reds as his ‘new club`, hopefully they`ll all be very happy.