We all know that new Chelsea man Thiago Silva has bags of experience and pedigree at the top level.
So why should the Blues be excited about their new centre-back? Let's take a quick look at the accomplished career of the classy Brazilian.
📊 Thiago Silva: Club career by the numbers
- 🏟 510 appearances
- 🇫🇷 7 x Ligue 1 titles
- 🇫🇷 6 x Coupa de La Ligue
- 🇫🇷 5 x Coupe de France
- 🇫🇷 5 x Trophées des Champions
- 🇮🇹 1 x Serie A title
- 🇮🇹 1 x Supercoppa Italiana
- 🇧🇷 1 x Copa do Brazil
What strikes us most is not only the number of winner's medals that Thiago Silva can boast but also the timeframe in which he has collected these honours. Thiago Silva was a Scudetto winner with AC Milan in 2011 alongside the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Zlatan, Alessandro Nesta & Clarence Seedorf, under the tutelage of Max Allegri.
Silva has vast experience for club and country and that is an immediate plus for Frank Lampard and Chelsea, whose squad is short on leaders and players who have been around the block. The 35-year-old is brilliant at defending set-pieces, an obvious weakness in the Chelsea backline, so his arrival immediately addresses a problem area for Lampard's team. Thiago Silva is exactly the type of player that Chelsea has been sorely lacking in 2019-20.
He's also as fit as anyone in Europe his age which is a plus, and Silva's game has always been built on smartness, anticipation and positional sense, so a lack of explosive pace shouldn't be a massive problem in the Premier League.
On a mental level, Silva can more than handle himself on the big stage and is used to operating in dressing rooms with big personalities and established stars.
🇧🇷 Silva for Brazil & Brazil U23
- 🧢 88 appearances
- 🌎 1 x Copa America title
- 🏅 1 x Confederations Cup title
- 🥉 Olympic Bronze medalist in 2008
- 🥈 Olympic Silver medalist in 2012
Chelsea's new boy will be looking to challenge for a place in the Chelsea side that welcomes Barnsley to Stamford Bridge in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
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