In what has undoubtedly proven a disappointing season for Chelsea, a number of their key stars have let them down when they were needed most. One such culprit has proven Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois.
Although the keeper is still young at just 23-years-old, his form has declined dramatically from its dizzying heights of 2014-15. When compared to his rival goalkeepers in the Premier League, Courtois has simply been inadequate.
Amidst such undulating form and with buyers across Europe willing to throw considerable bids at the player, the Blues should strongly consider selling the Belgian. It may prove a bitter pill to swallow but it's hard to argue with the damning statistics.
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There can be no denying that Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world on his day, yet there have been few reminders of this in 2015-16.
This season, the ex-Atletico Madrid man has made 19 appearances but has only kept four clean sheets- a whimsical tally. While the Belgian doesn't deserve all the blame, there must be a prominent degree of responsibility placed on him considering such a poor record.
As documented by the Daily Mail, Courtois concedes, on average, every 72.70 minutes.
When compared to other Premier League goalkeepers with a minimum pitch time of 450 minutes this campaign, the 23-year-old finds himself in a lowly thirteenth place. Shot-stoppers who would likely be considered of a lesser quality than Courtois such as Joel Robles and Heurelho Gomes both find themselves above the Chelsea man.
However, Courtois' surprise decline in form should not prove the only incentive for Chelsea to potentially facilitate his exit. As per the Evening Standard, the Belgian is supposedly valued at £73 million and while this extraordinary sum will likely prove an overestimate, if the sums are anywhere in this region Chelsea should open the exit doors.
Considering the current world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper is less than £50 million, the Blues could be lining up a currency-rich move.
Furthermore, the man himself has been non-committal regarding his future.According to ESPN, when asked about his future, the shot-stopper stated: "I don't know,"
"I still have a contract for three years so we'll see what Chelsea want too."
Such a lack of defiance over his future may prove a further motive for the Blues to allow his exit. The club's current position sees them reliant on squad cohesion more than ever and it would be nothing but an impediment to harbour a player whose heart truly isn't in the cause.
Moreover, rumours of a summer raid for AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma shows that the Stamford Bridge side may be able to swiftly capture a replacement. At just 17-years-old also, it would prove a long-term investment and a prominent statement of intent.
Therefore, amidst inconsistent form and the prospect of extravagant financial incentives, Chelsea should seriously consider letting Courtois go this summer. Furthermore, with a new man potentially being lined up already, such a move is becoming increasingly likely albeit initially seeming unfathomable.
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