Chelsea has found themselves in a difficult position in the goal keeping department, difficult position not in terms of lack of options but much more in terms of abundant of talent to choice from.
Chelsea currently has two world class goalkeepers in their rank in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois. Cech has been Chelsea’s no.1 for over a decade spanning from Jose Mourinho’s first season as a Chelsea manager. His status and position in the club has never been in doubt as he is always first on the team sheet in every match except when he is unable to play due to injury.
His position was however brought into question the moment 22-year-old Belgian Thibaut Courtois walked into the team after a three year loan spell at Atletico Madrid where he guarded the team to the La Liga title and was almost at the brink of winning the Uefa Champions League title.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not hide his admiration for the youngster immediately entrusting him with the team no.1 duty hence relegating Cech to mere bench role.
Jose Mourinho must have had to make a strong decision dropping the Czech veteran to the bench as the player is still as good as usual but Courtois has justified the huge trust the manager placed on him with some excellent performances this season.
The Belgian known for his outspoken nature has however come out to offer some word of advice for his senior colleague whose position he has taken. Courtois was quoted saying:
“As a goalkeeper you want to play. Courtois said.
“If I was in that situation where I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too.
“I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is”
While most Chelsea faithful’s will want Cech to continue to stay at the club, keeping him as just a back-up will simply prove selfishness on the part of the club.
Thibaut Courtois was totally right on his summation. Cech is absolutely still too good to play just a back-up role. At 32, he still has so many years of active football left in his tank especially as goalkeeper are known for playing well into their late 30 and early 40.
Sitting on the bench and just making occasional appearances wouldn’t be the best for the player who is still regarded as one of the best in his position.
Cech himself have spoken about addressing his present situation at the club and that could come as early as January. The player won’t be short of suitors in the transfer market hence, it wouldn’t be nice of the club blocking any potential move for the players come January.
Cech need a club where he would be playing regularly and Chelsea with an impressive Thibaut Courtois won’t guarantee him that. The Czech save hand has been linked to a host of top European clubs with many interested in taking the player as early as the winter transfer window. Real Madrid and AS Roma top the list of potential suitors but recent reports have it that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also joined the race to sign the 32-year-old Czech international.
Chelsea will be good to let Cech join any other club in search of regular action but a move abroad will be best for the club. Cech should not be allowed to join a premier league team as it will mean strengthen a league rival.
Petr Cech is still good and still one of the best goalkeepers around, he has a lot of experience both in the league and Champions league. He still has many years of top class football inside of him but only a move abroad will be best for both parties.
Thibaut Courtois has established himself as Chelsea no.1, and has settled in into the team. At just 22, he has had a good experience at top flight football in Spain and in the Champions League. He is expected to lead the club for over the next decade provided he continued with his impressive form at the club.