Chelsea has officially completed a free transfer with Thiago Silva. This veteran midfielder promises to be the perfect partner for many other players.
Thiago Silva will turn 36 next month but is expected to be an important factor in helping Chelsea have a more solid defense for the upcoming campaign.
With a dense schedule, Silva did not start every match, but will appear in important matches. So who can be your main partner?
1. Kurt Zouma
Towards the end of the season, Kurt Zouma emerged as Chelsea’s strongest midfielder with some good performances. However, the 25-year-old has to compete fiercely for a regular starting position.
If you maintain a stable performance, Zouma will be a great partner for Thiago Silva, combining youth and experience.
2. Antonio Rudiger
The Germany international admits he hasn’t had the best season yet and wants to improve in the upcoming campaign.
When at his best, Rudiger remained the top center-back, but now he has to rebuild a new partnership.
3. Andreas Christensen
Christensen went through an erratic campaign with Chelsea. He collaborated with Rudiger but was always uncertain in the backline.
Christensen has a contract until 2022 and it is not clear whether the defender will continue to stay at Stamford Bridge.
4. Fikayo Tomori
After the start of the season, Tomori’s playing time gradually decreased. The 22-year-old has only played once since the beginning of 2020 in the Premier League with another performance in the FA Cup.
Everton is monitoring the situation and may make an offer to buy Tomori when Silva joins the Blues.
5. Ethan Ampadu
The 19-year-old has been an interesting prospect on loan at RB Leipzig last season. However, things did not go well because he only had 3 substitution appearances in the Bundesliga, plus 3 matches in the Champions League.
Ampadu wants to win a position at Chelsea but does not rule out the possibility that he will be on loan again.