Kurt Zouma has praised the impact made by Chelsea summer signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva.
Chelsea spent heavily in the transfer window, bringing in many high-profile attack-minded players. However, reinforcements at the back have been just as important.
Signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer from PSG may only appear to be a short-term solution. But the Brazilian has already proven himself as one of their most important purchases of the summer.
The centre-back, 36, has started six games in the Premier League and three in the Champions League for his new club. His form has led the Blues to already explore extending his contract.
Zouma, with nine apps in the league and four in Europe, has been Silva’s main defensive partner so far. Now, the Frenchman has explained why playing alongside the ex-PSG captain is good.
“Thiago is a very good player,” Zouma told Chelsea’s matchday programme for their game against Krasnodar next week.
“He’s very calm, he’s very experienced, he never gets stressed. His positioning is very good and he’s very, very clever without the ball, and with the ball too, even if he gets it when there’s pressure.
“He’s won many, many trophies in France, he’s been playing in the Champions League, so he brings experience to the team. He’s very fit, he’s inspirational to all the others.
“He is taking care of his body and hopefully he can play even longer.”
Mendy has already settled in, says Zouma
Behind the duo, goalkeeper Mendy has provided more reassurance than the man he has usurped as Chelsea number one, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa had come in for a lot of criticism over the past couple of years. However, Mendy has proven to be an upgrade on the Spaniard.
The Senegal international has already kept eight clean sheets for his new club. And it is not just his form on the pitch that has made him a popular member of the squad, Zouma confirms.
He added: “Edouard is a very nice guy and he has good English already – I don’t where he practised that, but he’s got it! I don’t even have to translate things for him now, but on the pitch we can speak both English and French.
“I try to help him but you can see he has settled here very well already. Everyone likes him, and he’s doing a good job at the minute, so I’m very happy for him.”