Thibaut Courtois may be on his way back from injury and surgery, but the road is slow and long and stretches well into December, at least. Until then, Chelsea are down to just one senior goalkeeper. Begovic of course is pretty darn good himself -- arguably the best backup goalkeeper in the Premier League -- but should anything happen to him, we'd be dipping into the well of youth with Jamal Blackman and Mitchell Beeney.
Blackman has been around the team for quite some time and giving him his Chelsea debut may not be the worst thing in the world, but we seem to be rather reluctant to do so, passing up a golden opportunity against League One Walsall in midweek and playing Begovic instead. So perhaps there is some substance to these backup goalkeeper rumors that keep popping up, the latest of which comes courtesy of ESPN.
This Victor Valdes rumor, as unlikely as it may be, has been around since Courtois' injury. Valdes himself is surplus to requirements at Manchester United, though he is technically under contract, which would need to be bought out or canceled if he is to move. A potential move to Chelsea looked like a fair bit of nonsense a couple weeks ago, but, as it's looking right now, if we're not going to be able to trust young Jamal between the sticks, then Valdes could be a decent enough option.
Other than the ex-Barcelona legend, other names that have been thrown around include Inter's Juan Pablo Carrizo, Atlético Madrid's Miguel Angel Moya, and Porto's Helton. Carrizo may be a reasonable option, but I doubt Atleti would get rid of Moya just yet, while Helton is fairly ancient and we might as well stick Hilario in then at that point. In fact, what's Hilario up to anyway?