Ashley Cole singles out ‘assured’ Chelsea star Thiago Silva for praise

Cole praised Thiago Silva (Picture: Getty Images)

Ashley Cole hailed the impact of Thiago Silva since joining Chelsea last summer and said he has positively influenced his new team-mates.

Cole thinks the ‘assured’ Brazilian, 36, has brought ‘calmness’ to the defence and his cool persona has rubbed off on the younger players around him.

Silva arrived on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and has been a regular fixture under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel this season.

Former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Cole believes he has contributed significantly to providing a winning environment at Stamford Bridge and feels he was an astute signing.

‘He’s certainly brought a calmness to that defence,’ Cole told Sky Sports on Wednesday. ‘He’s very assured at the back.

‘I think the younger players around him, he’s getting that experience and of course that leadership into these younger players.

Thiago Silva has impressed Cole (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘Reece James has performed better, [Ben] Chilwell as well has come back into the team and doing well as well.

‘You look at the subs and keeping that environment good, Alonso coming in after not playing and doing well.

‘I think that environment is important and these players are thriving under the manager.’

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp agreed with Cole’s assessment of the veteran centre-half.

‘He’s 36,’ Redknapp added. ‘Imagine him at 21. Some player.’

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