Cascarino thinks Thiago Silva's arrival has already had big impact on Chelsea teammate

Sam Preston December 7, 2020
Cascarino thinks Thiago Silva's arrival has already had big impact on Chelsea teammate
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Chelsea recovered from an early Patrick Bamford strike to beat Leeds 3-1 on Saturday night.

They have increased defensive resilience this season, and summer signing Thiago Silva has clearly had a big impact.

In the Times, former Blues striker Tony Cascarino said he feels Silva has already had a big impact on teammate Reece James.

James enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019/20, but has established himself this term – and Cascarino believes that’s partially because Silva has helped him improve his defensive judgement.

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“I have been impressed by how Reece James has improved,” wrote Cascarino.

“His attacking attributes were clear last year but when it came to choosing whether to stay back or surge forwards, the right back’s judgement was questionable.

“The defensive side of his game has come on in leaps and bounds and I am sure the arrival of Thiago Silva has helped.

“Chelsea have been crying out for an organiser at the back and (he) is looking more and more like the bargain of the season.”

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Chelsea are more defensively secure this season and James has largely nailed down that right back slot.

Cascarino noted his balance between defence and attack and that may explain why he jumped ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the England right back pecking order.

He’s a real contender to start at the rearranged Euro 2020, although right back is an area of the pitch where Gareth Southgate is spoilt for choice.

For now, he’s established himself in a Chelsea side who are looking every inch the title contenders they were tipped to be after their impressive summer in the transfer market.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.