Why Sebastian Frey could be short-term solution for Chelsea

With Thibaut Courtois out for an extended period, Chelsea could benefit from an experienced back-up to Asmir Begovic and this free agent is ideal.

Back in November 2006, Jose Mourinho was in the middle of a mini-goalkeeper crisis at Chelsea.

With Petr Cech sidelined after suffering a serious head injury and Carlo Cudicini also unable to play, the Special One decided to take drastic action in a bid to ensure the Blues had adequate cover for Hilario.

So, in a surprise move, former Celtic 'keeper and sometime Sweden international Magnus Hedman was recruited on a short-term deal.

Despite being out of the game for some 18 months, the Scandinavian star was still seen as the ideal addition to the squad, given the circumstances.

Speaking to Sky Sports at the time, Mourinho outlined his reasons for signing Hedman:

"You can only have a player who's a free agent and I cannot find a better goalkeeper than him...

"...I was happy with his personality, technical quality, with his enthusiasm to go back to the game so probably we will give him a contract to the end of the season."

Recruited until the end of the season, Hedman failed to make a single official first-team appearance for the Blues.

But his presence in the squad nevertheless helped calm some of the concerns many had had about the lack of depth in Chelsea's goalkeeping options at the time, with the Swede also bringing plenty of big game experience to the ranks.

Just over eight years on and a similar situation may be playing itself out at Stamford Bridge all over again.

With Thibaut Courtois out of action for the next three months, Chelsea have one senior goalkeeper in Asmir Begovic to call upon with Jamal Blackman an unproven and untested back-up option for the Pensioners.

The close of the transfer window has left the Blues with limited alternatives among the free agents still available, but one former Serie A favourite could be the ideal solution.

There was a time when Sebastien Frey was touted as the best goalkeeper in the world and one admired by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

A move to the Emirates may have never materialised but with Frey currently available following his release by Bursaspor  the end of last season, a late Premier League cameo could keep everyone happy.

A seasoned Serie A star with stints at Inter Milan, Parma, Fiorentina and Genoa to his name, the 35-year-old has all the experience necessary to provide more than just cover to Begovic.

The Bosnian has yet to reach the kind of form previously seen at Stoke and would surely benefit from the competition Frey would bring over the next few months.

Frey, meanwhile, could use the short-term stay at Stamford Bridge as a way of regaining fitness and putting himself in the shop window for another move – perhaps one to England.

A strong personality with the technical quality that first attracted Mourinho to Hedman, it may not be the biggest or most glamorous of transfer deals, but it could help ease the current concern around the Chelsea goalkeeper spot.

It could also be our last chance to see Frey in the Premier League.

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