Arsenal goalkeeping legend David Seaman believes Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is the best shot-stopper at his age.
Courtois was brought back to Stamford Bridge for good this summer, after the Belgian impressed at Atletico Madrid while on-loan and he was then named Jose Mourinho’s new number one over long-time starter Petr Cech.
And, Seaman admits that he is well on the road to becoming the world’s best and more.
“He’s made goalkeeping look easy, and that’s a great sign,” he told Sky Sports.
“For his age, yeah, he’s got the most goalkeeping potential, but it’s still early. You see goalkeepers with tonnes of potential and then all of the sudden it doesn’t work out.
“But, at the moment, at his age he’s the best we’ve seen for a long, long time.”
Courtois’s emergence has been bad news for Cech, however, with the veteran restricted to just five first-team appearances so far this season, and said to be far from pleased at his current predicament.
Seaman feels for the Czech Republic international but, amid reports of a potential £7 million move to Arsenal this winter, isn’t sure whether a switch to the Emirates Stadium would be the best thing for him.
“It’s so hard because if I was Petr Cech I’d obviously want to play,” he said. “He’s 32 now so he’s got to play, and if that means a move then go for it.