When Chelsea signed Thibaut Courtois from Genk in 2011, the belief was that he’d grow with the club to be one of the greats.
While he hasn’t been underwhelming, I can’t say he has been everything he was expected to be. He is a great shot stopper but his dedication and loyalty seem under question.
When he arrived from Genk, he was sent on loan at Atletico Madrid. On his return, he had his sights set on the number one goalkeeper spot. Efforts to get him to stay behind Petr Cech proved abortive, and he threatened to leave otherwise. Cech was eventually ousted, and Courtois given what he asked for, but fast forward to three seasons after, and he’s already asking to leave again.
Courtois has only a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, and is likely to leave before the new season kicks off. The club has tried to get his signature on paper a third time, but without success. It would appear the Belgium number one has his mind set on leaving elsewhere.
There have been speculations on his next destination, and Madrid tops the list. It remains to be known if he’s going to Real or Atletico. In a recent interview, he was in fact, quoted as saying he wants to be with his children in Madrid.
There couldn’t be a bigger cry to be sold than this, and I think he can leave really. No one man is bigger than a club, everyone is replaceable no matter how important they seem. Courtois is a good keeper, but there are always better ones out there that we can acquire as his replacement. It’s better to have a peaceful dressing room with players who want to play than have a room full of unmotivated and tired players.
We’ll be hiring a new coach soon if indications are anything to follow; he cannot inherit unhappy players because that’s a recipe for failure.
So, what do you think Chelsea should do with Courtois?