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Chelsea Sign Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer On A Free Transfer For One Season

mark schwarzer 600x318 Chelsea Sign Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer On A Free Transfer For One Season

Chelsea have signed goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a one-year deal.

The Australian international has joined the Blues on a free transfer after recently leaving Fulham due to Maarten Stekelenburg becoming the starting goalkeeper at Craven Cottage.

The 40-year old goalkeeper is a good piece of business for Chelsea who need an reliable backup to first-team goalkeeper Petr Cech. As we saw during Chelsea’s post-season friendly against Manchester City, Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman isn’t ready for first team football.

What’s your opinion about Schwarzer joining Chelsea? And does he have what it takes to be a reliable goalkeeper if Cech is injured or needs resting this upcoming season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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10 Responses to Chelsea Sign Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer On A Free Transfer For One Season

  1. Tony Butterworth says:

    They need a backup, emmm, what about Courtois ? Or Ross Turnbull who they got rid of?

    I do like his shirt though LOL.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Chelsea agreed to extend Courtois’s loan deal with Atletico Madrid for one more season, and Turnbull was awful. Chelsea did try to sign John Ruddy from Norwich, but Schwarzer is a good signing in my opinion.

      • Ahmed Yussuf says:

        Not for the Socceroos, this move could potentially hurt his chances for Brazil.

        • Adam Heap says:

          Not a chance in seven hells that Federici will play instead of Schwarzer in Rio.

          • Ahmed Yussuf says:

            Who’s talking about Federici? I’m talking about Ryan, Langerak (if he can get a loan move) and even A-league stoppers like Galekovic and Covic.

          • Adam Heap says:

            Would still be shocked if any of Australia’s follow-ups were chosen instead of Schwarzer. Would be humiliating for him to not be picked in what will likely be the final tournament or even games of his career.

    • Dorian Speed says:

      Turnbull proved last year that he is *not* a good backup keeper. Last year when Cech was out for that small spell I thought Turnbull was awful. He’s just a big tree-trunk of a guy. Slow. Goofy. Does not read the pitch well. You could tell the Chelsea lads were nervous (to-say-the-least) when he was guarding the sticks. Did not give off any confidence whatsoever.

      Schwarzer, on the other hand, *is a proven first-team keeper*. He had some great matches last season for Fullham. Kept them in many games at times. I remember often, watching Fullham last season, saying to myself, “Wow. Schwarzer’s really good for an old dude.”

      Great signing for Chelsea. Great to see another older-age warrior goal keeper still in the trenches.

      Hope Mark keeps Petr on his toes this year.

      Here’s the best thing about Turnbull’s last season w/ the Blues:

  2. M Owen says:

    The amount of players Chelsea have on their books they could start their EPL. I guess if a player is happy getting money and doing nothing who am i to complain. little jealous i guess.

  3. Sacto Blues says:

    Good pick up to back up Cech on a free. Schwarzer will get some silverware to cap off his career in England.

  4. CTBlues says:

    Good move but I thought they were going after Ruddy to fulfill the home grown rule.

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