Wake up all Chelsea…and stand up! Finally, we have our first signing of the season as Willy Caballero joins on a free transfer. The 35-year-old former Manchester City goalkeeper will be backup to first-choice goalie, Thibaut Courtois.
Here are three reasons why I think he’s a good signing:
HIS ADAPTABILITY AND FAMILIARITY WITH ENGLISH FOOTBALL:
After spending about three seasons in English football at Manchester City, it will be right to say that Caballero will apparently be a quality addition to the team. There will no issues of homesickness, inability to adapt to the style of English football or even language barrier. He is well suited having played quite a number of games. I’m quite sure he will make an impact for Chelsea.
EXPERIENCE AND ABILITY
Willy Caballero is an excellent shot-stopper and a reminder of his ability can be traced to his heroics in cup competitions. He possesses excellent ball playing and good pass distribution skills. His reflexes are quite remarkable for a goalie approaching the twilight of his career. Little wonder he dislodged Claudio Bravo as first choice at some point last season. More so, his ability to save penalties is laudable (he saved Hazard’s penalty last season at Stamford Bridge).
RELIABLE AND INFLUENTIAL:
At 35, he surely would be one of the strongest voices in the dressing room and his sense of leadership will be needed in the team. His calm demeanor and defensive organisation will surely be vital in our quest for more silverware.