Frank Lampard has hailed Thiago Silva’s influence at Chelsea while comparing him to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Vincent Kompany. 

Chelsea signed Silva from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer with the defender signing a one-year contract with the option of extending the deal to further one season. Lampard says the Brazilian has already helped in transforming Blues’ defense and believes the defender ‘absolutely walks into’ the top echelon of Premier League center-backs alongside van Dijk and Kompany.

“In terms of the career he’s had, of course, he’s in that bracket, he absolutely walks into that bracket of top centre-backs that includes those players like Van Dijk and Kompany,” he said.

“The teams who have achieved in the recent modern day have individuals or pairings that set those kinds of standards, it’s imperative, and we know the importance of defending well to try to win trophies, particularly Premier League titles.”

“But they do also need support behind them, around them, in front of them. When you look at the performances of Thiago in his early games, the impact I keep talking about him having, he can be a big deal for us.”

“But we need a lot more than that, of course, we need a lot more, so I don’t want to crown him with anything now.”

On influence

“Thiago’s influence has been huge; even without the language his professionalism has been very clear, that rubs off on players, they respect him.”

The Blues have kept five consecutive clean sheets for the first time since October 2010 with the summer signing Edouard Mendy pulling off six shut-outs in succession himself.

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