In Focus: Stockdale provides the back-up Chelsea are looking for

As reported by The Sun, Chelsea are have taken a surprise interest in Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale, potentially making a move for him in the summer.

What’s the story?

Antonio Conte could do with some reliable back up for the outstanding Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, but it’s always tricky trying to find a player of a good standard willing to spend the majority of their time on the bench.

The Sun reckon current number two Asmir Begovic is on his way out of the club this summer in his search for first team football, meaning that Conte needs reinforcement urgently.

One man he is looking at is Stockdale, say the paper, whose contract is up at the end of the season after talks with Brighton stalled.

Is he the right man for Chelsea?

Good enough?

Stockdale has had a fantastic season in the Championship, helping his side win automatic promotion behind Newcastle and reach the top-flight for the first time in 35 years.

No side in the entire division conceded fewer goals than the Seagulls and Stockdale was a large part. His form was good enough to see him finish runner-up in the Fans’ Player Of The Season vote at the club.

A move to Chelsea would undoubtedly be the biggest club of his entire career and be a fitting reward for decent service for 11 clubs over the years.

Chelsea would be obtaining a reliable goalkeeper, ready to step in at Premier League level should the worst happen to Courtois.