Out with the old, in with the new at Stamford Bridge.
Roman Abramovich seems very keen to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge. Following on from finally clinching the prized capture of a Champions League title last term the Russian billionaire spent vast sums to bring in a bevvy of fine young talent and now there is a great deal of talk about a number of the club’s ‘old guard’ nearing the end of their Blues careers.
With this in mind we look at five senior Chelsea players who the Chelsea owner may wish to replace and we earmark the five players who would best fill their spots as the West London side look to once again dominate both domestically and on the continent.
Clearly at the age of 30 Petr Cech is still relatively young in goalkeeping terms but the Czech Republic international is still very much a senior player at Stamford Bridge and if Belgian youngster Thiabaut Courtois is to have any future whatsoever at Chelsea then he needs to be given the chance to prove himself.
The 20 year old giant, standing at 6ft 6in, is into his second season at Atletico Madrid and has already proven a huge success at the Vicente Calderon side.
Last term the youngster amassed 23 clean sheets from 52 appearances and helped Diego Simeone’s side to a Europa League triupmh and has continued to impress during the current campaign where his efforts have helped Atletico split Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid have conceded the second least goals in the division and Courtois is a player with a bright future and if Chelsea are looking to trust to youth then they may have to make the tough decision of bringing the former Genk man back to club so he can challenge Cech for the first team jersey, a challenge he would almost certainly, sooner rather than later, win.