Could the Czech goalkeeper still have a future at Stamford Bridge?
Petr Cech still has his best years in front of him and he can challenge for the number one spot at Chelsea, according to former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, reports the Mirror.
The emergence of Thibaut Courtois has meant that Cech’s playing time has been restricted, but Lehmann feels that the 32-year-old still has time on his side. Lehmann played for Stuttgart until his first retirement when he was 40 years old, before returning to England, and back to the Emirates for a two-month spell nearly a year later.
“He [Cech] is getting to the best age for a goalkeeper. I have experienced it myself, when all of a sudden physique comes together with experience. The best years are still ahead of him,” the former Gunners goalkeeper explained.
Cech has only played five league games so far this season – he is yet to concede a goal – and has been used fairly regularly in both the FA Cup and Champions League. While Lehmann admits he has been impressed by Courtois this season, he doesn’t believe that the Belgian has proved himself enough to be definitively considered the club’s best goalkeeper.
“Courtois is probably the best [young] talent around and he has done really great so far, but in tight games he still has to prove he is up to the challenge of what Petr Cech has done,” the former German international added.