Former Chelsea striker: Courtois 'better' than Cech, should be number one

Thibaut Coutois

Tony Cascarino believes that Thibaut Courtois should start ahead of Petr Cech next season.

Chelsea have a big season ahead of them. The club were certainly disappointed not to lift silverware last season, despite Jose Mourinho insisting that he would not be expecting trophies at Stamford Bridge in 2013-14.

This summer they have moved in the right direction when it comes to the transfer market - with the signatures of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa - as well as the arrival of Kurt Zouma.

But one big decision does have to be made - who is Mourinho's number one goalkeeper?

Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons - winning the Zamora Trophy as Spain's best goalkeeper for the past two campaigns.

Courtois is set to stay, although he says he must be number one if he is to remain at Chelsea.

And one former Chelsea player agrees. Tony Cascarino spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge from 1992-1994. Now he works as a pundit with Sky Sports, and he says the Belgian should be the number one at Chelsea next season:

"I think that Jose got the two he really was desperate for and I think also he has added to that the third one was the goalkeeper. I think he wanted him to be his number one.

"There's rumours of Cech maybe going and I think what's happened is the agent of Cech or whoever has found out that Mourinho was desperate to get the keeper back. I think they are very good signings.

"Look, Petr Cech has been a great goalkeeper, do I think he is number one at Chelsea, no. I think the lad Courtois is a better keeper. I think that's what Mourinho's thinking. Like he did at Real Madrid with [Iker] Casillas I think he's going to do the same at Chelsea. Yeah, Cech's a fantastic keeper but I've got a better one and he's going to play."

It is certainly a tough call. Both are talented, Cech has the experience but Mourinho could risk alienating Courtois if he doesn't play him regularly.

Time will tell who is the club's number one and until then plenty of players, fans and pundits will have their own opinion. Cascarino wants Courtois, but who knows what Mourinho wants.

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