Schwarzer Will Stop At The Top
Mark Schwarzer will embark on what will no doubt be his final season in the English Premier League with the Europa League champions Chelsea. He will make the short move across suburbs after being dumped a month ago by former employer Fulham.
Many Australian fans will be questioning this move by Schwarzer, as he won’t be the number one goalkeeper at the club. Petr Cech will hold onto that position as the incumbent.
It is fair enough as well considering this upcoming season will lead into a World Cup. Australia will need their leading shot stopper in fine form to be a chance of progressing from the group stages of the tournament. So how will he do this if he is sitting on the bench?
Well to be brutally honest to both Schwarzer and Australian football fans, Schwarzer is in the last years of his playing career and he would prove an almost useless signing, as he would no doubt retire after this upcoming season.
So then he can therefore not demand to be the number one ‘keeper at most top flight clubs the world over, with possibly only the A-League as an exception.
But Schwarzer has previously stated his desire to, preferably, stay in the English Premier League or in a top division club in Europe. This week he got his wish as Chelsea came calling.
Chelsea will provide Schwarzer with quite a lot though, apart from regular first team football. He will be at a club that will be challenging for honours, a club that has some of the best facilities in the world and some of the best players in the world providing healthy competition to make the starting eleven.
This will give Schwarzer that last shove to keep competing for a starting spot in his club, whilst being able to consult with some of the best coaches, dieticians and overall one of the most successful managers of the current era, Jose Mourinho.
Despite not getting the amount of starts that would appease most Socceroos fans, Schwarzer will be in an environment that can only enrich the veteran ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
It may not be the move that will make most supporters happy, but it is a move that has been made with one eye on 2014. It could turn out to be a piece of genius, or could prove the naysayers right. It’s over to you now Mr Mark Schwarzer.