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Opinion: Robert Sanchez to Chelsea


Chelsea’s transfer to signal Robert Sanchez actually developed earlier this week, and it’s brought on a stir I believe it’s secure to say.

Look, it’s FAR from ideally suited, I do know that. I’ve been very vocal in saying we’d like a brand new primary and I keep it will likely be a large mistake if we go in to this subsequent season with out getting one and placing our belief in Kepa as an alternative. THAT is the place our mistake is.

I don’t know if Mauricio Pochettino is genuinely proud of Kepa as his primary or whether or not that’s just a few clever PR. I’m very involved although, if anybody does assume that Kepa needs to be our primary stopper this season, very involved…

However as I say, that’s one other story actually and that’s my final feeling right here on goalkeepers at the beginning.

However as for Sanchez, I’m not towards it. OK, once more, it’s not ideally suited and he wouldn’t be my first alternative, and even my second/third. However I don’t dislike him. In reality, earlier than final season if you happen to’d had requested if I needed Chelsea to signal Sanchez from Brighton, I’d haven’t hesitated and stated hell sure! 6ft 6in goalkeeper who instructions his field and has an ideal pure attain, give that to me now!

After all, all of us noticed him lose his place to Jason Steele and go down the Brighton pecking order. However there’s additionally greater than meets the attention to this and none of us really know what has gone on behind the scenes. Sanchez was reportedly very shut with goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts at Brighton, who in fact is now at Chelsea and is the one reportedly driving this transfer now. Experiences are that Roberts leaving actually effected Sanchez and performed an element in his downfall.

Now we have seen MANY conditions of gamers who’ve a foul season then occurring to develop into world beaters, who’s to say that Sanchez doesn’t now do that and get again to the good kind he confirmed at Brighton constantly earlier than final season? After all it’s a threat and none of us can see the long run. However I’m not towards it and I really feel that it might be a threat price taking underneath the circumstances. And people circumstances are that the membership are clearly not going to go for a brand new primary, and perhaps, simply perhaps, this helps get Moises Caicedo carried out as properly and won’t break the financial institution.

I believe actually, though I’m not towards Sanchez, I wouldn’t precisely put myself within the class of being completely FOR it both. I agree with Anticipated Chelsea on X (formally Twitter) who wrote this yesterday and referred to an honest article by The Athletic right here.

He stated: “I’ve no sturdy emotions for/towards Robert Sanchez however this text supplies a great abstract of what made him good a few years in the past.

  • Distribution
  • brief and lengthy

  • Bravery on the ball

  • Aerial command

  • Positioning

  • Physicality

“Like Saul, Sanchez goes to be one other “reclamation” mission. Most likely a 10-20% likelihood of success right here, not way more. I’d quite not interact in signings like these anymore however the recruitment crew have proven sufficient for me to belief them on this.

“I additionally like the truth that Sanchez has statistically been among the many high 3 GKs within the PL in cross assortment, shot stopping. 1v1s and distribution in some unspecified time in the future within the final 3 years. Certain, he’s a reclamation mission, however at the least we all know that there’s something to work with.

“His distribution is crucial factor I’ll be keeping track of. Stereotypes are why Kepa is seen as a “ball-playing GK”. He’s not good with the ball and is an energetic legal responsibility when building-up. Sanchez, if he performs in any respect, will likely be a substantial improve on that entrance.”

That is all just about spot on. And likewise, I’m in the meanwhile placing my belief in our recruitment crew and expertise spotters, as a result of they’ve carried out properly to this point in choosing the right gamers and the fitting profiles, at the least since January which is once they really began their roles correctly.

Ben Roberts should clearly imagine that he and Pochettino may help get Sanchez again to his greatest, which all of us noticed and witnessed not that way back in any respect. So I’ve no cause to not put my belief in him and the recruitment crew, if that’s what they resolve to do.

Now we have actually missed an enormous and bodily goalkeeper in our nets for a while, in order that aspect of it actually appeals to me.

I’ve don’t know what the phrases of the obvious bid are. However as Fabrizio Romano stated yesterday, Chelsea will not be revealing particulars of their provide for Sanchez but, resulting from their good relationship with Brighton (apparently).

But when we will get him for a great deal and it does find yourself serving to Caicedo as properly, then I gained’t be mad.

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