The strength and depth Chelsea have in the goalkeeper position is remarkable. It gives Mourinho a sizeable selection dilemma, but in his eyes it will be a nice problem to have. Seemingly setting the trend for other big clubs around the world (Bayern: Neuer + Reina, Real: Casillas + Lopez, Barcelona: Bravo, Ter Stegen) Chelsea have two world class keepers now that Courtois has returned.
Cech and Courtois are two keepers at markedly different stages in their career, yet both have reputations for being amongst the world’s best. Cech has built that reputation with Chelsea over the last decade, bouncing back from a potentially career ending head injury to cement his place as arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in recent times. Courtois was only 12 years old when Cech began his Chelsea career, but the Belgian has blossomed early, making a mockery of people who say loans don’t help a player develop.
Add in a keeper in Mark Schwarzer who has over 500 Premier League appearances, you have a trio of keepers that covers the spectrum of desirable qualities that no other team can boast. Chelsea also have keepers in their youth system that are more than worth keeping an eye on. Englishmen Blackman and Beeney have been capped all the way up the National Team’s youth ladder and are Home Grown prospects that may have an outside chance of being registered in the First Team squad this year. Finally, Delač, a talented Croatian who looks to have a promising Chelsea career ahead of him, if he can attain the ever elusive work permit.
Let me know what you make of Chelsea’s goalkeeping situation in the comments. Cech or Courtois? Do we register Schwarzer? Which youngster is going to break through? I’d love to know what you think.