The incessant speculation surrounding Petr Cech’s Chelsea departure has prompted the Premier League pacesetters to sound out prospective new understudies for number one net minder Thibaut Courtois.
Tottenham’s Brad Friedel, who at 44 might never, ever stop playing top-flight football, is reportedly a top target of Jose Mourinho’s with the American artefact poised to leave White Hart Lane in the summer.
Contingencies for the Spurs stopper take the shape of Celtic’s Craig Gordon and Shay Given of Aston Villa, but the ideal man to replace outbound Cech resides just around the corner from Stamford Bridge.
QPR onion-bag warden Rob Green is another name believed to feature on the list of potential replacements for the long-serving Czech star and rates a far superior proposition to those who have been mentioned in the paragraphs preceding this one.
A price of 12/1 says the R’s first choice swaps his Loftus Road dwelling for the cushy surroundings of the Bridge before the summer transfer window closes and if Chelsea know what they’re doing (and recent deals made would strongly suggest they do) there’s a real chance this punt will land.
Assuming Green’s QPR are relegated this term – a feat which is available to back at 4/7 at bwin.com – the former England international is sure to abscond.
Facing the mother of all financial catastrophes if demoted, the Super Hoops will have to relinquish their most marketable assets, a bracket the 35-year-old certainly falls into.
Of all those believed to be Chelsea targets, Green is the only one who has frequently featured in the Premier League this season and his stats have been admirable, despite the dire straits his employers find themselves in.
Impressive averages such as 3.36 saves per match and 2.1 saves per goal are commended by a surprisingly healthy clean sheets tally of five, which is just two fewer than managed by Mourinho’s go-to-goalie Courtois.
Friedel has started just two top-tier fixtures since November 2012 following Spurs’ snaring of Hugo Lloris, while Given has been behind Brad Guzan in the Villa pecking order for even longer.
Green is still performing consistently well at the highest domestic level, meaning Chelsea would be mental to favour any other potential number two over him.