With the new season almost upon us, I’m fairly certain that we’re going to lose one of our Belgian contingent but keep another.
The vibes reaching me convince me that Thibaut Courtois won’t be needing his locker at Cobham anymore whilst Eden Hazard will be making full use of his.
But, with the scenario still unfolding, I’m pondering over what sort of damage the failure of Thibaut Courtois to return to Chelsea Football Club, after his World Cup exertions, will have on his legacy at the club.
Last night, the Stamford Bridge crowd gave Eden Hazard a wonderful reception and when our jewel-in-the-crown came on for a cameo performance he crowned it by taking the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
My view is that if Hazard were to leave Chelsea, whether it be this summer, next summer or the one after, he’ll fall into the select group of players who are more than warmly received when they return in the shirt of another club, the likes of Pat Nevin, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Didier Drogba are just three that spring to mind.
But what about Thibaut Courtois?
Although the Belgian goalkeeper, who won the Golden Gloves at the recent 2018 World Cup, has helped the club win silverware of the highest order, namely the Premier League and the FA Cup, it grates that he has taken the action he has.
A failure to return, obviously forcing through a move, isn’t an act that wins support, it reeks of treachery.
Courtois will get his dream move, he will play at the Bernabeu but if our paths ever cross again, his reception by the Chelsea hordes might be, I’d imagine, of a hostile nature.
You sow the seeds you reap the crop, Thibaut!