Take a look at this Expertise Scout piece on the Belgian goalkeeper, revealed in September 2011.
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea and Belgium
Welcome to our participant profile web page for Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois. He will probably be essential for Belgium on the World Cup afterward this 12 months, however for now why not learn this Expertise Scout report on him from September 2011.
Expertise Scout (September 2011)
Chelsea could also be one of many Premier League’s most profitable sides however in addition they have one of many oldest squads.
And this summer season, with the longer term very a lot in thoughts, they signed up the goalkeeper who they count on to someday take over the gloves of present ﬁrst-choice Petr Cech. However inside days of Thibaut Courtois finishing his £8million transfer from Genk to Stamford Bridge in July, the brand new arrival was despatched out on mortgage to Atletico Madrid.
“What Chelsea have provided me is a superb plan for my profession as a sportsman,” explains the 6ft 6in keeper. “It permits me to progress at my very own tempo earlier than finally turning into the membership’s ﬁrst-team keeper. It can take greater than a 12 months or two; in all probability three, 4 or ﬁve. I can develop with tranquillity.
“It’s implausible Chelsea have a lot belief in me and see me as Petr Cech’s substitute.
“There are not any ensures for me at Atletico. I’m in competitors with Joel and Asenjo for a spot within the beginning line-up and they’re each high-class professionals. Now it’s as much as me to point out what I can do. I feel I play higher underneath strain and there’s no scarcity of that on the prime finish of the Spanish league.”
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Additionally tracked within the shut season by the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Napoli, Valencia and Schalke, the take care of Chelsea was something however an easy course of. For some time the sensation within the Genk boardroom was that their prodigal son was completely happy to remain put and so they hoped to persuade a purchaser to mortgage him again for a 12 months or two.
However, a lot to their chagrin, Courtois demanded a clear break, and after he refused to participate in a pre-season recreation in opposition to Lyon, the dye was forged.
“With that he crossed the road,” says Genk president Herbert Houben. “We had no different alternative however to let him go instantly.”
He’ll, nevertheless, be sorely missed on the Belgian membership. Final season, his ﬁrst as knowledgeable, his ﬁve-star type helped Genk to the home title, and within the ﬁnal recreation of the play-offs in opposition to Commonplace Liege – a match which Genk wanted solely to attract to clinch the title – he was completely impressed, making three very good late saves to maintain the rating at 1-1.
Thought of the very best Belgian keeper since Jean-Marie Pfaff within the 1970s, the 19-year-old needs for nothing apart from expertise, with prime marks assured for his reﬂexes, positioning and ice-cool thoughts.
“He’s a peaceful one alright,” laughs his father, Thierry. “Typically his mom and I ask the place it comes from.” From a household of volleyball gamers – his mom, father and elder sister all excelled on the sport – he didn’t develop up obsessive about being a goalkeeper.
In his early days at Genk, the place he started on the age of seven, he performed on the again or as a left-sided midﬁelder, and it was not till he was approaching his teenagers that he started alternating between objective and the outﬁeld. Aged 12, he was instructed to settle in a single place – and historical past will word he selected accurately.
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