Adrian Durham believes that Brazilian defender Thiago Silva can be Chelsea’s Virgil Van Dijk.
After deciding to leave PSG at the end of last season, there was alot of interest in Silva before he opted to make the move to the Premier League , and so far, he has impressed in the Premier League.
Despite heading towards the back-end of his top-level playing days, Silva has brought leadership, quality and an ability to keep clean-sheets to the back-line, which has improved this side immensely.
And Durham has opened up and suggested that Silva can can be Chelsea’s Virgil Van Dijk, with the Dutchman vital to the success of Liverpool, He told talkSPORT: “Thiago Silva, in a very different way, is Chelsea’s Van Dijk. But it is because of the leadership skills, they look up to him, don’t they? In terms of winning the title; I got back to that weekend when Chelsea were 3-0 down at West Brom and drew 3-3 and everybody was erupting.”
“Soon as the final whistle went, ‘Oh Chelsea are no good, he can’t get his team right, he’s no good.’
“Then Man City lose 5-2 at home to Leicester, Aston Villa beat Liverpool 7-2 and all of a sudden, we are realising it is just a bit of a crazy season. That West Brom result, for Chelsea, wasn’t actually that bad! It showed they’ve got a bit of character.”
There is no doubt that Silva has been a brilliant buy from the board and has made that back-line very solid. So if he can like Van Dijk, then it will only help Lampard in his quest to get some silverware by the end of the season.