Petr Cech is on the verge of being forced out of Chelsea in the near future. However, the goalkeeper deserves a little more respect for the service he has given to the west London club.

Cech joined Chelsea back in 2003 under the management of Claudio Ranieri, and has tasted nothing but success since, playing a huge part in all sorts of silverware triumphs.

He has been a primary figure in multiple title winning campaigns for Chelsea, and most notably in the Champions League in 2012, saving Arjen Robben's spot-kick in extra-time and emerging as one of the heroes of the later shoot-out.

When Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois joined the club back in 2011, nobody thought much of it. For anyone to replace Cech was almost unthinkable, however the Atletico Madrid loanee has been the best goalkeeper in La Liga by a mile in the past two seasons, and is certainly ready for the step up into the Chelsea first-team.

The question is, what of Cech? It makes a lot of sense to play Courtois as at the age of just 21 he has the potential to become one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time, he's already one of the world's best.

But, is it right that when one new boy comes along Chelsea ditch a man who has been loyal and a great servant to the club for almost a decade? Of course it isn't.

Cech still has so much to offer in his career, he has another decade at the top-level left in him. If he leaves Chelsea he'll find a club just as good. But Courtois has the potential to be a truly special goalkeeper for the Blues for the next 20 years.

Should Chelsea be more loyal to Petr? Without a doubt they should. Should Jose Mourinho invest faith in Thibaut Courtois? It makes perfect sense as well. The Portuguese tactician has a major dilemma on his hands.

 

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