Chelsea defender Recce James has revealed the impact of Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva on his gameplay.
James is of the view that the signing of the two stars has been on immense advantage to him, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sanction the signing of the two players.
Ziyech,27, was signed from Ajax for £35million while Silva, 36, joined on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
“Thiago has brought a lot of experience,” James said of the centre-back during an interview with The Atheltic. “I have played alongside him a few times now. He has helped me a lot.
“You can see straight away why he has been one of the best in the world.
“He constantly talks to me throughout games, helping me in my positioning, directing me and making sure he is talking to me before, during and after games.
“It all adds up and improves performances.”
James also reckons he’s already laid the foundations for a profitable partnership with Ziyech, who plays in front of him on the right-wing.
He added: “Further forward, there have been signs with Hakim in training. Ever since he arrived, we got on well.
“I knew I would be playing behind him. We clicked early and tried to build this connection in training to use this season. His left foot is just unbelievably good.”
Lampard isn’t surprised to have seen James and Ziyech complement one another so early into their partnership, recently saying: ‘That was part of my thinking when Hakim Ziyech came to the club, the balance of the sides of the pitch which is very important for us.
‘We knew Reece’s quality last year in terms of crossing.
“And when you think you can have a winger in front of him that can offer different angles and combinations on that side to put ball into the box, then I think it can be a big strength of ours.”
Up next for Chelsea is the clash against Newcastle United in the Premier at the St James’ Park.