Mark Schwarzer has been brought in on a free transfer. Is it a win-win situation for all parties?
Four weeks ago I wrote this article entitled ‘Is Chelsea’s goalkeeping solution just down the road?'
To me it made perfect sense. Fulham had not given Mark Schwarzer the assurances he needed regarding his first-team place in the team. With Dutch international Maarten Stekelenburg arriving from AS Roma that was no longer assured for the 40-year-old.
So it now seems my logic was right (for once - hey regulars?) with the theory that rather than sit on the bench at Craven Cottage he will sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.
It is a brilliant signing.
Chelsea now have a player in their ranks who has played over 500 Premier League games; in fact no foreigner has played more games of Premiership football than the Australian stopper during his time with Middlesbrough and Fulham.
At 40-years-old he has signed a one-year deal. Chelsea only need cover in the goalkeeping area for a year while Thibaut Courtois partakes in what must surely be his final loan spell with Atletico Madrid.
When the young Belgian, considered by some as the best keeper in the world, returns from Spain he can slot straight in where Schwarzer has been keeping his place warm.
Even if they wanted to keep him for one more year at the end of the season he and Petr Cech will provide invaluable advice and experience for Courtois to use before embarking on the more physical Premier League style; something the man he replaced at Atletico David de Gea originally struggled with.
And the best thing of all; he is going to cost them absolutely nothing.
Which can’t be said about the man they originally targeted; John Ruddy.
Norwich were not willing to part with the player on the cheap however.
The last reported fee for the player offered by the Blues was £6 million - with the rumours stating that an offer of £7 million was necessary to even get The Canaries thinking of accepting a bid. http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/03/chelsea-hope-to-finally-sign-john-ruddy-with-new-7million-offer-3867994/
This way round everyone, in my view is a winner.
Mark Schwarzer might get to play some Champions League football and add some silverware to his collection. Thibaut Courtois gets game-time in Spain. Fulham have Maarten Stekelenburg to replace Schwarzer and John Ruddy can play regular football at Carrow Road; something that wouldn’t have happened should he have become Petr Cech’s understudy.
You just wonder what took everyone so long.
Are you pleased with the signing of Schwarzer?
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