Chelsea have had Petr Cech in goal for the most part for nearly a decade, providing some top quality displays and playing a pivotal role in the clubs success in recent history.
He played a massive role in Chelsea’s European successes for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons and in the other titles Chelsea have won since his arrival in 2004. Now for the first time since Cech had competition from Carlo Cudicini his position has come into question.
Thibaut Courtois at the age of 22 is proving to be a top goalkeeper having been on loan at Athetico Madrid since 2011/12 season he has shown great ability and maturity, his performances have been outstanding for the recently crowned Spanish champions helping them win their first title since 1996, reach the Champions League final, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.
So the question is who will be Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper next season? Courtois has recently been quoted as saying: “At my age, the most important thing for me, and what I want to do, is play.”
That then makes a difficult decision for Jose Mourinho, does he bring Courtois back to Chelsea and either force him or Cech to play back up to one another or sell/loan one? For Chelsea having both players at the club would be a great thing, Mark Schwarzer has provided quality back up this season but at 41 he isn’t really in a position to pressure Cech for first choice.
Courtois on the other hand would be providing a real challenge to Petr Cech forcing both players to step up their performances which can only improve the squad. The likeliness of loaning out Cech is slim to none, a permanent transfer would be more likely however loaning out Courtois again might make him feel undervalued and request a move having never been given the chance to prove himself.
For the most part Chelsea fans have grown accustom to seeing Cech in goal and might be surprised if Mourinho does decide that Courtois should replace him.
However there are plenty of cases of younger players replacing experienced players and doing a fantastic job and since the introduction of Financial Fair Play younger players are becoming more important and having a 22 year old world class goalkeeper can only be an advantage and considering the quality of Courtois’s performances it might be worth giving him a chance.
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