Benoit Badiashile names the Chelsea teammate who's really helped him since he joined
Badiashile, who’s just 21, left Monaco at the start of January to sign a seven-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.
The young French defender impressed in his Blues debut last weekend in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. For instance, Graham Potter singled out his great passing during his first game in English football.
For certain, it helps that the young centre-half has one of the most experienced defenders in the game next to him.
38-year-old Blues star Silva continues to perform like one of Europe’s elite centre-backs, which is exactly what you want alongside you as a youngster when you step into a new club.
Big help for Benoit Badiashile
Chelsea’s young new signing has explained that he’s receiving a lot of advise both on and off the pitch from Silva.
Badiashile should be like a sponge right now soaking up everything from his senior defender.
“Any of the advice that he gives me is always welcome, he’s advised me not only when we’ve been playing – he’s spoken to me during the game,” Badiashile told talkSPORT.
“But also before the game and in training as well. So he’s someone that you can only learn alongside.”
If you consider the way Kalidou Koulibaly has struggled recently, Silva and Badiashile is a combination that Chelsea should stick with in the immediate future.
There was a lot to like about Badiashile’s debut last week, especially the way he seemed to grow more confident on the ball as the game progressed.
The 21-year-old is a developing talent that will make mistakes and needs time to adjust, but Silva is the perfect anchor to get him through games.
It’s just another reminder of what a brilliant addition Silva has been at Chelsea since his arrival two-and-a-half-years ago.