Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that new signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are fit ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Brom in the Premier League.
Defensive pair Silva and Chilwell both made their Blues debuts in midweek during a 6-0 hammering of Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, which was the perfect performance going into the weekend.
Silva, 36, has been getting his fitness up after joining Chelsea and in theory it’s still early into his pre-season due to the fact he played in a Champions League final with Paris Saint-Germain near the end of August.
The Brazilian centre-back did start against Barnsley though and there is a chance he’s given his Premier League debut against West Brom.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old left-back Chilwell came off the bench in the cup to make his debut too and he’s a highly-rated talent snapped up from Leicester City.
Lampard has said pre-match that both are ready to make the starting XI, but did state he may be cautious when it comes to selecting Chilwell.
The England international is returning from an injury unlike new teammate Silva and that may explain the manager’s thought process behind possibly easing him in slowly.
“I believe they are fit enough to start but I have to take in to consideration a quick turnaround on Tuesday and Saturday, then international. Thiago had 60 minutes in the tank, Ben I might be a little more cautious,” Lampard said, as quoted by Football.London.
Chelsea’s new-look XI is slowly beginning to take shape and there is no doubt that the duo of Silva and Chilwell were both signed with the intention of going straight into the side, which is why fans must be delighted that it’s close to happening.
Silva is an experienced centre-back that has been a serial winner throughout his career and should make everyone around him stronger, despite the fact he doesn’t speak great English at present.
Meanwhile, speedster Chilwell has been signed to be a long-term option in the full-back area and looks an upgrade on Marcos Alonso, who could still get the nod to start against West Brom.