Arsenal goalkeeping legend David Seaman believes Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is the best shot-stopper at his age that the game has seen for some time.
Courtois, 22, spent three consecutive seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid after signing from Genk in 2011, with his performances proving crucial towards the La Liga side’s title-winning campaign and run to the Champions League final last term.
Brought back to Stamford Bridge for good this summer, the Belgian international was then named Jose Mourinho’s new number one over long-time starter Petr Cech before the start of the season, and has since proved a more than capable successor.
Also impressing at the World Cup this past summer, Seaman remains reluctant to crown the Blues ace as a superstar at this point in time, but admits that he is well on the road to becoming the world’s best and more.
“He’s made goalkeeping look easy, and that’s a great sign,” he told Sky Sports.
“For his age, yeah, he’s got the most goalkeeping potential, but it’s still early. You see goalkeepers with tonnes of potential and then all of the sudden it doesn’t work out.
“But, at the moment, at his age he’s the best we’ve seen for a long, long time.”
Courtois’s emergence has been bad news for Cech, however, with the veteran restricted to just five first-team appearances so far this season, and said to be far from pleased at his current predicament.
Seaman feels for the Czech Republic international but, amid reports of a potential £7 million move to Arsenal this winter, isn’t sure whether a switch to the Emirates Stadium would be the best thing for him.
“It’s so hard because if I was Petr Cech I’d obviously want to play,” he said. “He’s 32 now so he’s got to play, and if that means a move then go for it.
“But to Arsenal? It’s a good question. I really don’t know. He could put more pressure on Wojciech Szczesny for sure, but he wouldn’t go to another club where there’s a doubt over whether he might be number one.
“And at Chelsea there’s not much hope [because] the guy that’s replaced him is really good.”