One major theme of a winning team is this: “No team wins titles or trophies without a very good goalkeeper between the goal posts. A good goalkeeper saves you valuable points.”
If you doubt the credibility of the statement, then you can ask Manchester United fans what they think of David De Gea’s impact on the team or better still Liverpool fans what they think of the performances of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. Undoubtedly, Chelsea are certainly in a good position with Thibaut Courtois in goal.
Though the Belgian has endured some high-profile mistakes in recent reasons notably in Champions League quarterfinal match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. But one or two rare mistakes doesn’t make him a bad goalie. Although, some fans will still argue that his performances have been short of expectations when compared to his time at Atletico Madrid or during his first year after returning to Chelsea from his loan spells, but the truth is that the Courtois is still an excellent goalkeeper, and even the best do lose form.
Without a doubt, if Chelsea really intend to build a strong team, then doing everything possible to keep Courtois at the club is vital. With him being in the final year of his contract and the possibility of losing him for free next summer, his position is dicey. The club will need to reinforce the belief in him that we are still a competitive force. Buying another good goalie will be expensive especially in the crazy transfer market today.
With Madrid circling around the player, it is up to Chelsea to do all in its powers to keep him away from joining the Spanish club, but rather for him to commit his long-term future to the club. It’s all or nothing in Chelsea’s new contract talks with Courtois.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!