Chelsea romped to their sixth top-flight title last season and as they look back on their achievements they will be pleased with their strength shown throughout the team. They became a difficult outfit to break down and boasted the second best defence in the Premier League, conceding just 33 goals in their 38 matches.
In goals for the majority of the season was Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian keeper was outstanding this season, keeping 16 clean sheets in his 36 matches. It was form like this that made him a regular in our Premier League goalkeeping columns as ‘one to have in your team’. With a fantasy football value of 13M and a points total of 95, he was, far and away the best performing keeper of the season. His price/performance ratio returned at 7.8 and is hugely impressive, especially given his hefty price tag.
The keeper, who has just turned 26, looks assured of his starting place at Chelsea for the coming years, should he choose to stay there. Rumours have emerged this week that La Liga champions Real Madrid have been having regular contact with his agent and monitoring his progress at Chelsea. He has already proven himself in Spain during his development loan with Atletico Madrid and was part of one of the tightest defences in Europe as Atletico challenged at the top of La Liga as well as lifting the Europa League.
There isn’t much competition for goalkeeping places at Stamford Bridge with Asmir Begovic providing back up to Courtois. He made just two league appearances this season and both appearances were made after the title had been wrapped up. His performances were certainly nothing to write home about as he conceded two against Manchester United as Chelsea went down 2-0 and a further 3 against Watford as Chelsea ran out 4-3 winners. He has now left for pastures new and signed on at Bournemouth for a staggering 10M.
So, as the new season approaches, Chelsea really need to sign at least one goalkeeper. With Courtois rumoured to be unhappy at the Bridge and no reserve keeper to speak of, it may well be that they need two keepers in before the start of the season. One name who keeps being mentioned is Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero. Caballero made 16 appearances for City last season, keeping seven clean sheets in the process. Now out of contract, he could be set for one big final pay day should he choose to sign on for Chelsea.
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