Thiago Silva is an “important signing” for Chelsea, according to former Blues star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The veteran defender was one of several new arrivals at Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window.
While the signings of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech made headlines as Frank Lampard moved to bolster his attack, the Chelsea defence was also addressed.
Left-back Ben Chilwell was snapped up from Leicester City, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy arrived from Rennes and 36-year-old Silva joined from Paris Saint-Germain.
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The vastly-experienced Brazil international had a tough introduction to the Premier League, in a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion.
But he has since helped Lampard’s men to successive clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Sevilla.
Silva lined up in a back three for Saturday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Ahead of the game, Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: “Leadership, organisation, he (Silva) has been brought in to calm the situation down, to give them confidence but also to put people in the right places when they’re attacking and when they’re in transitions.
“It’s always defences that are winning leagues and strikers that win matches. He’s an important signing and somebody who people look up to.
“Chelsea have a young team and he can bring them a lot of experience. I know against West Brom he made a mistake, but that was his first match in the Premier League. Whatever you say, the Premier League is different to the French league – much quicker.
“If he finds his feet, he’s going to be a very good signing.”
On Chelsea’s bid to tighten up defensively, Hasselbaink added: “I don’t think the problem is only at the back – it’s a collective how you defend, it starts with the strikers and at times, I think as a team,…