Language barrier to blame, says Lampard
Lampard’s men were captained by the veteran Brazilian for the first time, and the 36-year-old handed the Baggies a second, gifting Callum Robinson a clean run on goal thanks to a slip.
“I am not sure how relative it was today but he doesn’t speak the language very well,” Lampard admitted.
“He hasn’t had any time. Thiago turns up here pretty fresh and he is in and around us. He will learn it [English] quickly, I am sure, some players do speak the languages that he speaks in the squad.
football.london understands Silva is taking daily lessons to improve his working proficiency, and that cannot come soon enough if his manager’s hypothesis is anything to go by.
Despite Lampard’s own findings, there were familiar defensive frailties on show at the Hawthorns, with the side having now conceded in 20 of Lampard’s 21 away Premier League games as coach.
Rice bid in offing
The Blues have held an interest in the Hammers’ midfield disruptor for some time, however were deterred by an initial £70 million asking price.
Reports state that revisions have been made by West Ham’s board members, and that £40 million could now prove to be sufficient. It would be yet another outgoing at the London Stadium which would spark fury amongst claret and blue supporters.
Grady Diangana was sold earlier in the window to West Bromwich Albion after a fine season on loan in the West Midlands, much to the dismay of Hammers fans.
Rice could be the next to depart, re-joining the club who released him at the age of 15, linking up once again with childhood friend and international teammate Mason Mount.
Willian backed Silva to seal Chelsea move
Brazilian international defender Thiago Silva has revealed that former Chelsea winger Willian suggested Stamford Bridge would be a good fit for the 36-year-old.
Thiago Silva opened up on his conversation with the fellow Brazilian, who had spent the past seven years in West London.
Silva said: “He [Willian] spoke very highly of Chelsea to me, he said, ‘Go, you’ll be really happy, the people there are great’.”
Silva may have hoped for a better start to life in a Chelsea shirt, handing a second goal to West Brom at the weekend, due to an unfortunate individual error.
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However, he did not lose his first outing as Blues captain, with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham spearheading a comeback which secured a point.
Boss Lampard is keen for Silva to settle and adapt to his new surroundings, in order for him to be a mentor for some of the younger members of the squad.
He hopes in the same way Willian advised him, Silva can pose as a guiding figure to others within the Chelsea squad, which has seen a flurry of defensive errors leading to goals since Lampard took over