Joe Cole lauds impressive veteran defender

Former Blues star Joe Cole changed his mind on Chelsea’s veteran defender.

Joe Cole admits Thiago Silva has proven him wrong with his recent performances for the Blues.

He believes the Brazilian veteran defender sets the standard at Chelsea since joining the club on a free transfer in August.

Barring his error in his first match against West Brom, he made an unbelievable contribution in all the other games.

Silva was considered a risky signing by many due to his age but he can still perform at the highest level.

“Unbelievable. Out of all the signings, when he came in, I knew he’s been one of the great defenders of our generation, but at 36 – you worry,” Cole admitted.

“Traditionally, players of that age coming into the Premier League, it’s very difficult.

“The Premier League is a different beast now.

“I don’t think they make centre-halves like him now, apart from van Dijk, he’s the best in the league, maybe there’s an argument for it.

“For Rudiger, Zouma, or Christensen next to him, he sets the standards.

“That’s the level you want to get at if you want to class yourself as a world-class centre-half.”


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