Much has been made over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League at the age of 36, with the Manchester United attacker in fine form and peak condition, scoring four goals in his first three matches for the club.
However, Chelsea veteran Thiago Silva has already proven that age is no barrier to high-performance in the Premier League, and continued his fantastic form in the Blues’ 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
Silva, 36, was up for the challenge on Sunday after being targeted by Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a player to exploit in the first half of the contest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Brazilian’s brilliance to nullify Son Heung-min and Harry Kane’s threat meant that a struggling Blues side weathered the storm in the first half as their north London rivals came out of the blocks at a lightning pace.
Consequently, the defensive stability he provided allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to take the initiative in the second half and hit their London rivals for three in the process.
Silva himself even was influential at the other end of the pitch with his bullet header from Marcos Alonso’s corner in the 49th minute to break the deadlock.
Just 12 minutes later and it was game over for the Lillywhites as N’Golo Kante extended the lead with a deflected effort, and Thiago Silva’s influence on the game demonstrated that age doesn’t matter when it comes to whether or not you are good enough to play top-level football in the Premier League.
This was a similar message to what Dion Dublin echoed when analysing the defender’s performance on Match of the Day, noting the centre-back’s conditioning and leadership skills.
Dublin analysed: “Thiago for me was outstanding. He’s 37 next week by the way. What he does, he makes good decisions, he makes decisions look very easy. He’s in good shape.
“He’s just one of those players that leads. He knows when to go to ground. He very rarely goes to ground for no reason.