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Why have Chelsea re-signed Hilario?

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Do Chelsea need Hilario? (©GettyImages)
Do Chelsea need Hilario? (©GettyImages).

In recent years Chelsea have very much been about recruiting the finest young talent available.

The club has made every effort to reduce the age of the squad and look to the future with purchases such as Hazard, Oscar and Van Ginkel.

But today the club seems to regressed as Chelsea confirmed they've re-signed Hilario on a one year deal.

Clearly this is only a move to add depth to the goalkeeper position with Cech and Schwarzer as first-choice options. But with Jamal Blackman impressing in the reserves and during the pre-season tour of Asiam, bringing Hilario back was completely unnecessary.

The chances of the Portuguese keeper ever actually being needed are incredibly slim and if the unthinkable should happen and both Cech and Schwarzer managed to get themselves injured would we really be safer with Hilario than Blackman?

Chelsea have been very lucky in that Cech, since his head injury, hasn't been kept out of the side for much more than a few weeks because when the club had to call on either Turnbull or Hilario neither were up to the task.

Blackman at the very least plays regular football with the reserves and despite the level of football being drastically lower than what he could expect with the first team, his reflexes will be a lot sharper than Hilario's.

Realistically, even if Cech found himself out injured the club has such a good back-up keeper in Schwarzer, either player would still only find themselves on the bench and any cup games Cech is rested for Schwarzer will cover.

Chelsea have taken both Blackman and Hilario to the USA for the next stage of the pre-season suggesting that Mourinho hasn't lost faith in Chelsea's reserve keeper which begs the question why are the club wasting wages on Hilario?

 

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