Belgium has been producing some outstanding footballers off late. Goalkeepers are usually expected to be of gigantic physical stature. At 6’6, Courtois stands at a very good height which helps him in his goalkeeping duties. For someone so big, he is also quite agile which contradicts his frame. He started out at RC Genk, playing there for a few years before he was “courted” by Chelsea who have this strange habit of picking up rocks and turning them into gems by loaning them out to clubs.
Chelsea did not deem him good enough to play in between the sticks and he was loaned out to Atletico Madrid, where he spent 3 years honing his skills before being brought back to Stamford Bridge to eventually replace Petr Cech. The Belgian keeper has done well to replace his fellow-custodian as they’ve been in on the titles, winning 2 Premier League crowns and also getting his hands onto the Golden Glove award for the season 16-17. During this time, he also eclipsed Simon Mignolet as Belgium’s number one.
For someone of only 25, he appears quite mature and has the ability to command his area in a very astute way. This could be seen in his days at Madrid, when Atletico began to get stronger in terms of their league position as well as winning a Europa League title along with a Champions League runner’s up medal to boot.
These kind of performances have seen him linked with a return to Madrid, where Real Madrid want him to be their latest Galactico. But Chelsea will do all they can and have recently let him know that he is much needed at the club.