Prior to last weekend, Chelsea’s Petr Cech was yet to feature for his club this season in the league. The only appearance he had made was in the Capital One Cup in a 2-1 home win against Bolton.
The Czech stopper is now 32-years-old, so the chances of him beating and replacing current goalkeeper, 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois, for the starting spot are slim, unless a bad run of form or injury occurs.
So what’s next for Cech? He could move clubs in January to revitalise his career, and here are FIVE possible destinations he could move to.
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The French side have been looking out for a big name goalkeeper for some time, and Cech would be a perfect fit for them.
Italian Salvatore Sirigu is the current No. 1 at the Parc des Princes and has been voted the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1 for the past three seasons. However, Cech would be considered an upgrade, due to his experience in the Champions League. This fits PSG manager Laurent Blanc’s aim for his side to become a dominant force not just domestically but in Europe as well – something which Cech knows about having won the Champions League with Chelsea in the 2011-12 season.
Cech has played in France before his move to Chelsea when he spent two seasons with Rennes, so he may welcome the opportunity to return there.
Another team in the same region that might be an option for Cech is AS Monaco. The French side currently sit in 12th in Ligue 1 and have conceded 10 goals over eight games. They do have Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham on loan as well as current keeper Croatian Danijel Subasic, but like PSG they’ll want someone with the Champions League experience. Cech would be a perfect fit for them.
If Cech wanted to stay in the Premier League, then one option for him could be Everton. Everton are reasonably good at the back and they concede very few goals each season. So far this season though, they have been conceding too many, and this might be a sign that a change of goalkeeper is needed. American Tim Howard is now 35 and a switch to a younger goalkeeper could be a good option. With the added bonus of European experience, Cech could help Everton move further up in the Premier League and earn a Europa League spot on a regular basis.
A move to the other side of Merseyside could be an option for Cech as well. Many fans have voiced their concern over current Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, as so far this season he has struggled to find the form which put Liverpool close to the title last campaign. Replacing the Belgian with the Czech would certainly be an upgrade the Kop faithful would approve of, but whether or not Chelsea would sell to a title rival is a different matter. Free agent and ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes might be a more viable option for the Reds.
Cech could end up linking up with former Chelsea player Frank Lampard in the MLS with New York City FC, becoming their third designated player. The Czech is currently on £100,000 a week at the Pensioners and the Big Apple-based side would have no problem paying such wages thanks to their part ownership by Yankee Global Enterprises – who also own the New York Yankees, and the City Football Group (part of the Manchester City umbrella). It might be too soon for Cech to move over to the States due to the appeal of European football this side of the pond, but Lampard might be able to convince him otherwise.