Chelsea: Thiago Silva has difficult dressing room task
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has a difficult job in maintaining dressing room harmony amid a busy January window, according to Gary Neville.
The Lowdown: Chelsea’s window
The Blues splashed an eye-watering £318.7m (via football.london) on eight signings in the January transfer window, with Todd Boehly giving Graham Potter every possible backing in the market to change Chelsea’s fortunes, as they continue to flounder in mid-table of the Premier League.
Chelsea’s 0-0 draw on Friday night against Fulham left them with just one win in seven games, only scoring four in that stint.
The clash saw Mykhailo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez and Benoit Badiashile start amongst the new signings, whilst Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana were both substituted in, with summer signings Carney Chukwuemeka and Kalidou Koulibaly unused subs.
The Latest: Neville’s concerns
With Chelsea’s incredible turnover of players last month, Neville revealed his concerns over the harmony of the Blues squad on Sky Sports following the draw, claiming last night’s captain Thiago Silva has a huge task on his hands to manage the dressing room amid his ‘sensational’ performance at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “I thought Thiago Silva was sensational. He just impresses me every time I see him. He’s a world-class player, obviously.
“He is so important to them. He has to somehow hold that dressing room together because there’s going to be some very upset, disappointed, dejected characters.
“We’ve just seen a group of players training out on the pitch here after the game at 11 o’clock at night. Trust me, they’re players that want to be playing in the first team – they want minutes on the pitch, they don’t want to be training at 11 o’clock night in an empty stadium – and there’s going to be a lot of that this season for that Chelsea squad.”
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The Verdict: Tough task
At 38 years old and boasting 113 Brazil caps alongside 33 major honours in his career, Silva possesses all the experience imaginable in football, but this could be one of his toughest tasks to hold a potentially fragile dressing room together.
With the winter arrivals making the seven summer incomings look like long-time servants in the side given the vast turnover, the job is not only to keep those on the fringes of the side happy, but also to gel as a team that has seen virtually half of it change since Boehly’s arrival.
Silva must do all this whilst concerns over his own future remain, with the Brazilian yet to pen a new deal at Stamford Bridge as his current contract expires in the summer.
It is quite fitting that Neville feels one of the most important players for Chelsea is one of their current mainstays, and having survived the raft of changes at the club, the defender’s performances for the Blues must come as a huge bonus amid their lacklustre form and their need to become a cohesive outfit.