Having seen an influx of stars to the Premier League, the Czech Republic might be about to see another arrival. There is an expectation that Chelsea will look to bring in a second goalkeeper this summer to compete with Edouard Mendy. The arrival of one name has grown in recent weeks, though, with talk that former Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik will arrive. The Czech is out of contract with Sevilla and will be on the market this summer. With Sevilla unwilling to meet his needs and signing Marko Dimitrovic instead, Chelsea might make good on the loss of the Andalusians.
Seen as one of the most consistent keepers in La Liga over the last few years, Valcik is a highly respected keeper who has become a reliable option. However, his performance so far at the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament will have Blues fans licking their lips. If they tuned in for the Czech’s 2-0 win against Scotland, they would have seen the tale of two goalkeepers.
In one net, you had David Marshall. The Derby County stopper was poor for the first goal, a nice header from Patrick Schick, and absolutely awful for the second. The Scot was caught at least 20 yards outside his box just 10 minutes into the second-half. After an ill-advised shot from Scottish central defender Jack Hendry, the ball bounced into the path of Schick. The Bayer Leverkusen man duly lofted the ball perfectly into the empty net, leaving a despairing Marshall rolling around his net.
By contrast, Valcik made a series of highly impressive saves – most notably from Andrew Robertson at 0-0, and from Lyndon Dykes at 2-0. The veteran done everything he could to keep Scotland out, earning a well overdue clean sheet at full-time.
Would Tomas Valcik sign for Chelsea?
While Blues fans will hope that they can pick up the experienced and reliable Czech, playing time does become a major talking point. The form of Mendy towards the end of last season means that he is unlikely to be displaced anytime soon. However, the 32-year-old would offer a fine option to compete with Mendy, and would offer a strong enough option that Mendy could realistically be dropped due to poor form.
At the moment, Chelsea are more or less unable to change keepers due to the unreliable nature of the other backups. Valcik, though, has fought for years to finally become the first pick keeper for club and for country; is he really likely to choose to go back to the bench?
The presence for Czech legend Petr Cech, though, could play some role in helping the Blues to make the deal possible. A hugely talented and reliable presence in the nets, Valcik is arguably the best free agent goalkeeper on the market this year – if Chelsea can convince him to fight for a spot with Mendy, he would offer a massive upgrade on a host of the keepers currently warming the Stamford Bridge bench.