Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell has hailed the impact Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has had on him and the rest of the team since sealing a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of August.
After being informed that French giants Paris Saint-Germain would not be renewing his contract in the French capital, Chelsea swooped to sign the experienced centre-back on a free-transfer, as Frank Lampard looked to solve his defensive troubles.
So far, Silva has done exactly that, helping the Blues record six clean sheets in his first eight appearances, as well as scoring his maiden goal for the club in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
Whilst it was always likely that a defender of Silva’s nature would help significantly help Chelsea solve their defensive troubles, the impact he has had on his team-mates, including fellow summer recruit Chilwell, has not gone unnoticed, with the England left-back having heaped no shortage of praise on his shoulders for the way he has helped his own individual game.
“Yes, he is a massive personality,” Chilwell told Soccer AM when asked what sort of impact he has made on the dressing room. “When you train with him and you play with him he just has that calming aura.
“For me, against Burnley, where I played alongside him, he was constantly telling me where to be in my positioning, helping me out.
“Even when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, [he is saying] ‘Chilly [Chilwell], tuck in a bit. Chilly, you can go wider now.’
“To be able to play with someone who has played at the top level and can literally help you for the whole 90 minutes… that kind of goes unnoticed – how good he is to play with.
“So, hopefully, we can keep him fit for the whole season so that he can help us win a lot of games.
“Like I said, he is brilliant to watch on the ball, but in terms of helping everyone around him, he is top as well.”
Chilwell is not the only person to have been very impressed by the start Silva has made to his Blues career, with Lampard having heaped no shortage of praise on his shoulders following last Saturday’s win against Chris Wilder’s Blades.
Lampard said: “His English is improving, particularly the football side of his English, his words on around the pitch.
“His influence is huge. Without the language his professionalism has been very clear. That rubs off on players, they respect him.
“His performances have been very good. He trains well, prepares well and it’s very obvious with him why he has had the amazing career he has had so far. It’s been great to have him in the squad.
“Players look up to him and how he goes about his daily business and how he performs.”