Young Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has certainly impressed in two seasons on loan at Atlético Madrid, winning the Europa League and the Copa Del Rey in the process.
So all seems to be going well for the Belgian international, but is another season on loan at Atlético Madrid really going to prepare him further for his future, as Cech’s successor?
Courtois stepped in the footsteps of David De Gea, who joined Manchester United, at Atlético Madrid in 2011.
He quickly became the number one for the Spanish side, being preferred to Sergio Asenjo, the Spanish youth international.
Parallels can certainly be drawn between David De Gea’s move to Manchester United, filling the shoes of Edwin van deer Sar, and Thibaut Courtois’ future return from loan to fill the shoes of Petr Cech at Chelsea. Big shoes to fill, and as we have seen with the Manchester United 'keeper, the switch between La Liga and the Premier League isn’t easy to make.
De Gea was heavily criticised in the early stages of his Manchester United career for looking uncertain when dealing with corner-kicks or long balls.
Nobody could doubt his shot-stopping ability, but the physicality of the English game posed a big problem for him. 6’6 foot tall Courtois might encounter less difficulties because of his length, but his overall size could still make him vulnerable in the air.
The 21-year old has a very lean body type which won’t help him when he comes across some of the bigger forwards in the Premier League.
Therefore a loan experience in England should really come to his own and Chelsea’s benefit, and what Premier League team wouldn’t want to have Courtois on loan for a season?
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