“He has brought calmness to the team” – Ashley Cole singles out Chelsea player for praise

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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole has hailed the impact of Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva since he joined the club from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Cole, the 36 year old defender has brought calmness to the Chelsea defence.

“He’s certainly brought a calmness to that defence,” Cole told Sky Sports. “He’s very assured at the back.

“I think the younger players around him, he’s getting that experience and of course that leadership into these younger players.

“Reece James has performed better, [Ben] Chilwell as well has come back into the team and doing well as well.

“You look at the subs and keeping that environment good, Alonso coming in after not playing and doing well.

“I think that environment is important and these players are thriving under the manager.”

Jamie Redknapp agreed with Cole’s assessment of the veteran centre-half.

“He’s 36,” Redknapp added. “Imagine him at 21. Some player.”

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