Chelsea's Premier League goalkeepers since 2000 ranked, featuring Cech, Kepa and Courtois


Chelsea seem to have initiated a changing of the guard in their goalkeeping department this week.

World-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga enjoyed a solid first season as Chelsea's number one shot-stopper, but everything seemed to fall apart during a woeful 2019/20 campaign.

Rumours that Frank Lampard was looking for a replacement emerged near the start of the summer when the Spaniard started conceding left, right and centre in the Premier League.

Arrizabalaga replaced by Mendy

Nevertheless, Arrizabalaga started the first two league games of this season as Chelsea failed to secure a deal, but it was more of the same with errors against Brighton and Liverpool.

Thankfully for Chelsea fans, though, they have finally secured a deal for Edouard Mendy who, on the recommendation of Petr Cech, could become the Blues' go-to man between the sticks.

And even if things don't work out for Mendy in the Premier League, it could be the shock to the system that Arrizabalaga needs to start showing his Athletic Bilbao form once again.


Chelsea's Premier League stoppers

It's certainly an interesting scenario and one that encouraged us to look back on Chelsea's history with goalkeepers over the last 20 years.

We all know that the likes of Cech and Carlo Cudicini did fantastic jobs as Chelsea's number one, but the current Arrizabalaga situation isn't the first time the west Londoners have run into trouble.

So, here at GIVEMESPORT, we decided to look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Chelsea's goalkeepers since 2000 who have played at least one game for them in the Premier League.


Ranking Chelsea goalkeepers

If nothing else, it should help to put Arrizabalaga's current predicament into context and make us wonder where Mendy could fit into things, so check out our rankings of the 14 players below:

14. Mark Bosnich

Bosnich might have ticked over nicely at Aston Villa and Manchester United, but he was miles past his best by the time he turned out seven times for Chelsea.

As for why Bosnich finds himself in last, well, that has something to do with the fact Chelsea sacked him for a positive test of cocaine that led to a nine-month ban from the FA.


13. Lenny Pidgeley

The Chelsea academy graduate never really had a clear route into the first-team behind Cudicini and Cech, making just two Premier League outings on the final days of the 2004/05 and 2005/06 title-winning seasons.


12. Marco Ambrosio

Something of a journeyman, Ambrosio's cameo at Stamford Bridge was a mixed bag with an impressive display in the Champions League win over Arsenal, but also clangers galore on his debut against Notts County.


11. Ross Turnbull

Ah yes, the Champions League winner himself. Turnbull was always a decent enough option for Chelsea, although he was never too far away from the sort of errors that marred his terrible debut against Aston Villa.


10. Neil Sullivan

We're getting into shrug-your-shoulders territory here because Sullivan never really put a foot wrong during his four league outings for the Blues and could have been a solid back-up option if it wasn't for Cech's arrival.


9. Kepa Arrizabalaga

Ah... the man himself. Look, maybe we've been generous to Arrizabalaga here because his save percentage of 54.5% last season was one of the worst in Premier League history.

Then again, at least the Spaniard, unlike the 'keepers before him, actually established himself as a starter and produced some remarkable saves - against Watford, cough, cough - along the way.


8. Mark Schwarzer

That being said, becoming a starter isn't a guaranteed ticket up the list and we'd still prefer a latter-day Schwarzer - complete with a clean sheet at Atletico Madrid, no less - to Arrizabalaga.


7. Willy Caballero

To be honest, if Chelsea didn't strike a deal for Mendy, they would have been in much safer hands this season with Caballero between the sticks because he's been pretty reliable across his 10 league outings.


6. Henrique Hilario

Hilario at his best would have finished much higher, but Hilario at his worst would have finished much lower - catch our drift? The Portuguese blew hot and cold at the Bridge, though memorably shone on his debut against Barcelona.


5. Asmir Begovic

It's a little rough on Chelsea's recent history of goalkeeping that Begovic reaches the top five, but the Bosnian still showed the flashes of brilliance that made him part of the Premier League furniture during his Blues stint.


4. Ed de Goey

It's thanks to De Goey that Chelsea entered the new millennium in safe hands with the Dutchman making 123 league appearances as well as winning the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.


3. Carlo Cudicini

Cudicini started and ended his Chelsea career on the periphery, but he was one of the world's finest in his prime, being named the club's player of the season in 2001/02 and the Premier League's best goalkeeper in 2002/03.


2. Thibaut Courtois

There can be no better proof of the merits in Chelsea's loan system than Courtois returning from Atletico Madrid to play 150 times, win two Premier League titles and bag the Golden Glove. 

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea should have fought much harder to keep the Belgian from Real Madrid's grasps if they'd have known our Arrizabalaga was going to turn out.


1. Petr Cech

Obviously. Look, Cech is one of the greatest players in Chelsea's history, never mind just in terms of goalkeepers, making almost 500 appearances and winning four Premier League titles.

Cech also produced a performance for the ages in the 2012 Champions League final as well as amassing an astonishing 24 clean sheets during the legendary 2004/05 campaign.


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Ninth place out of 14 actually seems pretty decent for Arrizabalaga but, to tell you the truth, it has more to do with the fact that the five goalkeepers behind him hardly played.

You could argue that Arrizabalaga deserved to be rock bottom based on his historically-poor save percentage, but at least he actually managed to earn Premier League outings consistently.

Besides, lest we forget that the Spaniard was actually a pretty decent signing for the Blues up until the moment he sent Maurizio Sarri loopy during the 2019 League Cup final.


But no matter where you think Arrizabalaga should compare in these rankings, it shouldn't take away from the fact that Chelsea have made an incredibly shrew move in the transfer market.

For all their flashing and expensive spending throughout the summer, the acquisition of Mendy could be the best of all for plugging the leakiest hole in Chelsea's defence.

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