Back up? No chance.
The 28-year-old’s decision to join Chelsea could certainly be viewed as a step backwards following an excellent career at the Britannia Stadium; with much of his time in west London likely to be spent warming the substitutes bench.
However, while it’s expected that he’ll act as understudy to first-choice Thibaut Courtois, he is ready to give the young Belgium international a run for his money in between the posts:
“I want to test myself against Thibaut, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself,” as quoted by the Express.
“I want to try and get as many games as I can. Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I’m all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so.
“There have been no guarantees. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision.
“I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.”
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