Chelsea's Thiago Silva is the Premier League's lowest-rated player after West Brom draw


Thiago Silva had the Premier League debut of his nightmares on Saturday evening.

Having arrived from Paris Saint-Germain fresh off the back of a Champions League final, there were certainly big things expected of Silva in England's top flight.

Sure, the Brazilian is now closer to this 40th birthday than his 30th, but his unrivalled experience was anticipated to plug the defensive problems that riddled Chelsea last season.

Silva's clanger vs West Brom

And although that could still be the case, it certainly wasn't during Silva's curtain-raiser against West Bromwich Albion with Frank Lampard's men shipping three first-half goals.

Callum Robinson was the man of the hour for the Baggies with two strikes in the opening 30 minutes and the red carpet was laid out for his second by a dreadful error from Silva.

The Brazilian veteran scandalously conceded possession in his own half, allowing Robinson to race through on goal and calmly finish past Willy Caballero.


Chelsea spare his blushes

Chelsea eventually found themselves 3-0 down at the break with Silva having failed to produce a single tackle, delivering said error leading to goal and being dribbled past twice to boot.

The debutant's blushes were only saved by the fact Chelsea produced a heroic comeback in the second-half with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham all scoring.

And in fairness, credit to Silva for keeping a level head in the second-half, maintaining a clean sheet until his evening was cut short in the 73rd minute to make way for Olivier Giroud.


Silva's unwanted statistic

Nevertheless, we can't take away from the fact that it was a debut to forget and there can be no greater inditement of that reality than the statistics he produced on

Silva was slapped with a woeful match rating of 5.06, which is calculated using more than 20 data-sets from the game and created an unenviable statistic for the former AC Milan defender.

'What's that?' you ask... well, it makes Silva the lowest-rated player in the entire Premier League so far this season with his average rating of 5.06 seeing him wind up in 317th place.


For context, that's below Kepa Arrizabalaga and his two goalkeeping errors in as many games as well as Kieran Gibbs, who was sent off for violent conduct in a 5-2 drubbing at Everton.

That's pretty bad company to find yourself with, especially when there are players who have turned out for clubs like Burnley and Fulham who have failed to register a single point.

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Look, it's early days. Mistakes happen to everyone, the timing just happens to be unfortunate for Silva here. 


There can be no denying that he's a top, top defender and even some of the best players in the world have taken their time to adjust to the Premier League's speed and physicality.

That being said, I ear-marked Silva as one of the riskiest signings from the top six a few weeks ago and while it's too early to claim that I'm right, my suspicions have been given credence here.

I want to be proven wrong, trust me, because I'm a big fan of Silva, but you have to wonder whether moving to the Premier League at his age is the perfect storm for welcoming father time.


However, even if Silva does prove to be a disastrous signing, I think that welcoming him on board for a season is still worthwhile for his dressing room influence and the knowledge he will impart.

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