Would QPR’s Rob Green be a suitable replacement for Chelsea’s Petr Cech?

Rob Green

The QPR keeper has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, here we compare him to the current Blues number two to see if he's a viable option.

When the summer rolls around, it seems Petr Cech will be ending his stint at Chelsea.

The veteran goalkeeper has been an ever-present for the Blues over the years, but has now lost his place to Belgian Thibaut Courtois as the Stamford Bridge number one.

It seems that manager Jose Mourinho will stick with the youngster, given his impressive first season in the Premier League, although his mind may be swayed by his mistake during the game against Hull City last Sunday.

Any move for Cech would mean that his current side will need a new number two, with the Times linking them to QPR keeper Rob Green. The England international has been in fine form over recent seasons and a move may not be as farfetched as it sounds.

We decided to compare Cech with Green to see if the latter would be an adept replacement should a move come about.

Now, first things first, we’ve had to use Cech’s stats from last season for this comparison given his lack of game time this year, while we will be using Green’s from 2014/15.

In terms of saves, Green has made more than Cech, 109 to 81, although the Chelsea man had 16 clean sheets in 34 appearances last year, while Green has just five in 29 this term.

Elsewhere, the duo are shockingly close. Green has made 45 total high claims this season, with 42 of those successful, a success rate of 93%. In comparison, Cech made 37 total high claims last season, and was successful with every single one of them, a quite impressive stat.

Elsewhere, the pair are level on their number of crosses not claimed, with three apiece. That’s the only place they are level though, with Cech even coming out on top in the goal kicks department. Last season he made 240, 128 of which were accurate, while Green had the same accurate number, but having taken 30 more.

So then, it seems Cech is still some way ahead of Green in most categories. However, given how close they are in several areas, it appears that Green may not be as bad a replacement as many would think.

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