Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told Thibaut Courtois that he will be the club’s number one next season with the possibility of a new long term contract.
Courtois has been a consistent performer for loan side Atletico Madrid, which has put his parent club in a difficult position as it’s allowed him to justify calls to play regularly on his return to Stamford Bridge.
It’s not an example of a player throwing his toys out of the pram and getting what he wants, it’s a sign of a player sticking up for himself and the form he’s shown in the face of a perfectly capable goalkeeper in Petr Cech.
It’s a precedent which other players on loan away from the club could now follow, which will create superb competition for places if some of the loan stars are kept at the club by Mourinho next season.
A good example is Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon who has been playing consistently well for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem this season scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists in 28 Eredivisie matches.
Piazon doesn’t have a long record of being successful on loan at one club unlike Courtois and he also plays in a more competitive position which makes it difficult for him to put pressure on Chelsea for regular football.
What he has going for him as he tries to oust the likes of Lampard, Oscar and Ramires is that he’s proven to be successful this campaign when he’s used in his best role and best position.
There is a gap in the Chelsea squad, which was created when Juan Mata was sold to Manchester United and that’s probably the gap that Piazon should be aiming to exploit.
He can’t expect to be number one ahead of Oscar next season in the same way that Courtois expects and most likely will be ahead of Cech in the Chelsea first team.
He has to earn that right and one successful season at Vitesse doesn’t allow him to throw his weight around in the same way.
If he comes back to Chelsea then he’ll most likely be a squad man but another season away from West London on loan will strengthen his credentials and bargaining power to a point where he’ll have more ground to demand regular football from the boss.