With the recent news that Petr Cech's understudy Ross Turnbull and third choice Chelsea keeper Henrique Hilario have been released from Stamford Bridge, the question is very much out there as to who is to be Chelsea's second and subsequently third choice keeper for the 2013/14 season ahead.

The Blues have one senior goalkeeper in their squad, and that obviously won't be enough for a side like Chelsea who wish to challenge on all fronts; both in Europe and on the domestic side. 

Trying to plough through the season with just Cech would be disastrous as it could inadvertently put pressure on the Czech international to not get injured.

It could also lead to a drop ion form as nobody would be there to challenge him.

It is not a common sight either these days, even lower clubs have someone they can call on in times of need. So it is clear Chelsea will secure the services of another keeper - but who?

Looking at the younger generation there is the option of youth team goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and Matej Delac who is currently on loan at Croatian team Inter Zapresic. 

However these two goalkeeping prospects have not had much game time recently let alone the chance to experience top-flight football so calling upon one of these two lads even when you're 2-0 up against Hull City could prove costly in the Premier League.

 But I don't see the harm in bringing one of them in, possibly Blackman seeing as Delac is currently on loan, and handing him the number three role. 

Even if the youngster spends his whole season on the bench he has still gained the whole experience of being around and training with the first team of a top club who quite often have two games a week. 

He might even get a game in the League Cup against lower league opposition; and that can only make him more experienced and possibly give the youngster a confidence boost.

Chelsea are not the poorest club by any means and spending a million or even a few hundred-thousand on an experienced keeper could be an option too. 

Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich would only see that kind of money as 'loose change'. 

Fulham's Mark Schwarzer is a possibility as his place in the starting line-up of the west London rivals has been taken by the signing of Marten Stekelenburg. 

Julio Cesar is too expensive for relegated Queens Park Rangers to keep hold of and could make the short trip across London to link up with the Blues after he aired his wishes to stay in the top-flight of English football.

Also Diego Lopez has been linked with Chelsea on account of his close connection with Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese's time at the Bernabeu.

There would have been the option of Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, however he has recently agreed another season-long loan deal with Atletico Madrid which will see him spend a third consecutive year with the team from the Spanish capital. 

The question of who will play the role of second and third choice keepers at Chelsea next season is very much left open to debate. 

The option of signing a new keeper who has experience looks quite likely as the shoulders of Blackman and Delac wouldn't be able to take the hefty weight of Europe or the Premier League just yet. 

However I don't see why the number three role cannot be occupied by one of them. 

It's one of those nitty-gritty decisions that may seem quite straight forward in one sense but are vitally important if Chelsea wish to pick up silverware in England let alone Europe.

 

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