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Thiago Silva – the captain without an armband

Chelsea

Conor Gallagher explains that Chelsea teammate Thiago Silva is a huge leader on the pitch, even without the captain’s armband.

After the departure of club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and other senior members of the squad, Chelsea needed a captain. Thiago Silva was an option to take over the armband but in the end it was given to Reece James, maybe looking into the future.

Ben Chilwell was appointed vice-captain and Conor Gallagher filled in as the captain in their absence. All this time, 39-year-old Silva was ignored for the armband despite being the most experienced and starting every league game this season.

Silent leader

Gallagher has given a special mention to the impact of Silva on the Chelsea side. Its no surprise to hear that Silva still has a big influence.

Gallagher said via The Telegraph: “Reece James has been one of Chelsea’s best players in recent years when he’s been fit and he’s come through the academy, so he got the armband. You could say Thiago Silva but everyone knows he is a leader that doesn’t need an armband. He’s still a massive leader on the pitch himself.”

Thiago Silva is the perfect mentor for the young Chelsea center-backs

When you’ve achieved the career that Silva’s had in football, you certainly don’t need to scream and shout to lead by example. Instead, I’m sure that this young group is looking towards the Brazilian every single day for advice and tips.

The centre-half keeps setting the standards with his professionalism on and off the pitch. He joined Chelsea in 2020 as a 35-year-old free agent. PSG had refused to renew his contract because of his age. 3 years later, he’s undroppable at Chelsea and arguably their best player. The deal for Thiago Silva has certainly turned out to be one of the best in Chelsea’s history.

It’s a dream scenario for young Blues defender such as Levi Colwill, Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile to learn from Silva on a day-to-day basis.

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