Chelsea youngster, Reece James, recently revealed how much of an influence, new signing, Thiago Silva, had on him this season. The English right-back rose up from the ranks of a rather difficult Chelsea youth academy to become one of the starters for the club. His breakthrough into the first team was organized by ex-manager and club legend, Frank Lampard, however, this season, his biggest mentor has by far been veteran defender, Silva.
The 36-year-old centre-back was brought from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer to shape up the Blues’ defence as it was one of the weakest in the league last season. With the introduction of the Brazilian, the backline has straightened up more and they no longer concede a volume of goals from mistakes. Other than helping the team on the field, the veteran has also had a lot of influence on individual players as well. This was to be expected from the centre-back as he has a lot of years of top-level experience and will have no issue sharing his knowledge with the future generation.
Thiago Silva takes James under his wing to mentor
In a recent interview with BBC Sport, James revealed to the public that Silva has had a big influence on his game style this season and that he is very happy to play alongside the legend. He said,
I think, this season, Thiago Silva has probably influenced my career the most so far, just because he is well experienced and played at the very top of the game for the last 15 years.” – Source Goal.
The 21-year-old mentioned that the Brazilian has decided to take him under his wing and coach him to do better in games. This has been very useful for James, who has become one of Chelsea’s regulars after Lampard saw potential in him, last season. However, the right-back must improve further as new manager, Thomas Tuchel prefers to play Callum Hudson Odoi as a wing-back rather than playing James. The right-back has started in only two of Tuchel’s six games in charge and he must find a way to show the German boss that he is good enough to play in that role as well.
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