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Chelsea sign free agent Mark Schwarzer – Why?

As confirmed via BBC Sport, 40 year old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has joined Chelsea for 1 season after being released by London neighbours Fulham.

From Schwarzer’s point of view, it is a fantastic move to a top European club – if bench warming is all that he wants to do in the final years (or year) of his great career where he was the first foreign player to reach 500 English top flight appearances. I believe that he could still have a starting spot, albeit at a club not so mighty as Chelsea but still a chance for first team football.

Chelsea have the reliable Cech and for the League Cup , they could use promising youngster Jamal Blackman and put some faith back in the Chelsea youth instead of pushing his career another way by using a veteran like Schwarzer instead.

Saying that, Jose Mourinho is likely to want to win a clean sweep of trophies in his first season back at Stamford Bridge and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him use Cech for all of the games, including the League Cup. For Jose, every trophy is a trophy that should be won.

If Chelsea truly wanted to provide competition for Cech then why not sign an already established keeper such as Sporting Lisbon’s Rui Patricio who is likely to leave the club with Monaco and Arsenal interested ( The European markets offer many candidates for competition to Cech but they still signed Mark Schwarzer.

Good luck to him but I can’t see him doing anything more than warming that Chelsea bench.


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  1. Tom

    10 July, 2013 at 16:30

    There’s no doubt though that Schwarzer is a good keeper and I think he will get a few games because Cech is getting old and Mourinho wanted competition for Cech. Another good point is that Mourinho picked Alves over Casillas at Real Madrid even though Casillas was far better.

  2. J

    11 July, 2013 at 06:57

    Blackman is not ready for senior level quite yet. With Hilario gone and Courtois on loan, Schwarzer provides a solid, experienced keeper who can give Cech a break every now and then. With only a one year contract, he gives Chelsea flexibility in case they want to keep Courtois on next year. Schwarzer is not there to provide competition, just a reliable backup.

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