Chelsea have a glaring hole on the roster that still hasn't been addressed, and we'll likely be touching on the need for a new backup goalkeeper more in the next several weeks. The club do have a few in-house candidates to fill that role though, with all of Jamal Blackman, Sam Walker, and Matej Delac making a case for some minutes while Thibaut Courtois will almost certainly be recalled in the case of serious injury to Petr Cech.
The club may have another option in-house as well though, one whose name hasn't been tossed aroung very much yet this summer. Vincent Angban made several appearances for the U21 side last season, and talked about his experience in an interview this week:
For several months, you were at Chelsea. How have you found in the prestigious English club?
"It is through my little brother (Angban Victorian) I arrived at Chelsea. They built me in his contract. Today, I'm in Chelsea's reserve team and everything goes well. "
Have you played for the reserves?
"Yes. I had a few matches in reserves. Afterwards, I came home for documentation problems. Now I expect the recovery to join the club. "
According to many sources, you will be officially transferred during the summer. Can you confirm?
"For now, I'd rather not talk about it. Ultimately, you will be notified in a timely manner."
One can say that at Chelsea you have everything to succeed ...
"This is a good experience for me. This is very important to rub [elbows} with big guards like Petr Cech. We work together all the time. I've learned a lot from him. Afterwards, I must work individually to be a top keeper."
It sounds as if Angban is expecting to see himself at Chelsea next season, even if it's still in an emergency keeper role. That said, he'd easily be able to replace Henrique Hilario as the #3 keeper on the depth chart, especially given the ability of Chelsea to recall Thibaut Courtois if they really need to.
There was also a question about the support Angban received from fellow Ivorians Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba when he first arrived at the club. Angban said something very positive, but Google Translate makes it sound a bit creepy:
Did you receive support from Drogba and Kalou on arrival at Chelsea?
"Absolutely. Upon arrival, the elders ( Didier and Solomon) were already there. They put us in the bath. I would say it went too fast. It is easily integrated. gonna."
So we have senior players bathing incoming recruits now? I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I suppose it's a good thing they're bonding as well as maintaining proper hygiene. Carefree...