Pat Nevin purred over the weekend performance of Chelsea defender Thiago Silva at the home of Tottenham Hotspur.
The 36-year-old showcased everything that has defined his timeless career – guile, grit, glamour and the odd goal.
There were initial fears his aging frame would fail under pressure provided by Son Heung-min.
As it transpired, Son was the one who struggled to stamp his authority on proceedings.
At the opposite end, Silva highlighted what Tottenham had been missing in the match.
A powerfully accurate header past the grasping gloves of Hugo Lloris sent Chelsea on their way to a comfortable victory.
“The Brazilian himself gave what can only be considered a masterclass in the art of defending as a true footballer,” said Nevin of Silva’s Sunday showing.
“There’s a grace about (Silva’s) play at the moment that just oozes class.
“We have been fortunate to have had some of the greatest defenders in modern history at (Chelsea) but, when you take everything into consideration, I suspect at his peak there may have been few if any that scaled his heights.
“The fact (Silva) is playing with this quality at his age in the Premier League makes everyone watching think the same thing: ‘How good would it have been to watch him in the flesh over the last ten or 15 years at Chelsea?’”
If it was down to John Terry, he and Silva would’ve graced Stamford Bridge together as teammates.
“I wish I had the pleasure to play alongside you mate,” said the iconic Chelsea captain in an Instagram message.
Unfortunately, Terry was a few seasons too late, announcing his retirement in 2018 at the age of 37.
Silva celebrates turning that same age tomorrow, but certainly shows no signs of hanging up his boots just yet.
Where he’ll be lacing said boots next year is another story, however.
His contract runs out in the summer, having seen it extended by 12 months at the end of the previous campaign.
Chelsea are looking to refresh their defence as they keep one eye firmly on Jules Kounde’s movements.
Antonio Rudiger’s situation, meanwhile, remains unclear.
Yet, based on recent evidence, it would seem foolish to let Rudiger and Silva leave without at least some tug-of-war.