Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly has praised Thiago Silva’s quick adaptation at Stamford Bridge but warned the Brazil international over potential injury risks.
When moving to a new league at 36, questions were understandably asked over whether Silva could adapt.
Silva has let his boots do the talking and is now one of the first names on Frank Lampard’s team sheet.
The statistics speak for themselves.
The Blues went from being one that conceded the most goals (54) among the top ten teams in the table last season to conceding second-fewest (14) so far this term.
But, at 36, it seems unlikely Chelsea can rely on the Brazilian week in, week out.
And World Cup-winning centre-back Desailly said Silva should be cautious.
“I was scared about him coming at the beginning but mentally he was strong enough to handle his mistake against West Brom,” Desailly told Goal.
“He is a leader, a former captain in Paris, but in France they say he just fell short in the later rounds of the Champions League.
“Let’s see. He has fitted well in the system and performed but we have to hope he doesn’t get injured.
“At 36, as soon as you have an injury, it is difficult to overcome.”
If Silva is going to take anyone’s advice, Desailly should be his man.
The Champions League winner was in a similar situation when he joined Chelsea in 1998, aged 29.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has also been very careful to manage Silva, excluding him from the squad during away trips several times already.
Fortunately, Silva is a model professional on and off the pitch, as revealed by his wife Isabele.