It’s fair to say Thiago Silva’s Premier League debut didn’t go exactly to plan.
The experienced Brazilian was as culpable as anyone for the first half aberration which saw Chelsea go 3-0 down in the first half against West Brom on Saturday evening.
Frank Lampard has backed his central defensive recruit to come good, amid heavy early criticism.
As per the Daily Mail, Lampard said: “He is going to be fantastic for us. He has been incredible in his career and I am sure he will be open about his mistake, but there is no blame on him.
“We are team that has to react around that. It is nothing on him. He will admit his mistake, but that was the only one. That’s his first Premier League game done and in the bank.
“He will show a lot more as he gets fitter and the whole squad gets fitter.”
Players are judged too instantly and harshly in the modern game.
As Lampard eludes to, Silva wasn’t fully fit. He has to adjust to a new style of football and a new country.
French football is different; there isn’t the same tempo, pressing or pace on the counter attack.
But Silva will get used to that and his experience and leadership off the pitch will help Chelsea’s young defenders no-end as well.
It would be foolish to jump to conclusions about Silva at this stage – but that’s what some will do. Lampard knows his new man needs time. Judge him at the end of the season.