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loaned out 27. Jamal Blackman

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{C}<!--url{0}-->Despite being a proficient athlete and technically adept with a football, Jamal has long since been a goalkeeper. He has solid fundamentals and superb height, reaching 6'5" by the age of 15. He served as the backup goalkeeper during the 2009-10 FA Youth Cup campaign and kept goal for Chelsea in the 2008 Cobham International Tournament, which the club finished runners-up in.
He was the senior goalkeeper for the Under-18 team for 2010-11 and on August 4th 2010, made his first appearance for the Reserve team, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Woking, before making his competitive bow away to Wolves early in the season proper.

Jamal was a close second in the club's 2010-11 Academy Scholar of the Year award voting. At the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Jamal worked heavily with the club's reserve team and made his first appearance in a senior matchday squad, serving as backup to Petr Cech for the Premier League fixture at home to Arsenal with both Ross Turnbull and Hilario unavailable.
He was the club's first choice goalkeeper for the 2011-12 FA Youth Cup campaign and was a key figure en route to winning the competition.

In January 2012 he was also included on the club's Champions League A-list as a home-grown player, replacing Hilário and allowing Ryan Bertrand to be registered instead as the left-back did not meet the required number of years at the club to qualify as club-grown. This ensured that Blackman received a winner's medal after defeating Bayern Munich in the Final.
He continues to train with the first-team goalkeepers on a daily basis whilst serving as the first choice Under-21 goalkeeper for the 2012-13 season.

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coolest name ever. would love to hear some rastaman commenting our game with Jamal in goal "now da ball to mr. blackmaaaan. ya maan"

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coolest name ever. would love to hear some rastaman commenting our game with Jamal in goal "now da ball to mr. blackmaaaan. ya maan"

He does have a strong name/skin color ratio

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I would honestly have him as the number 2. Home grown, great talent and physical athelete. Young, but in no way is he worse than Turnbull and hilario and he will actually improve.

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I'd love it if we made him our number two. It would do well for his confidence, he'd get a good mentor in Petr and he would see some game time in the league cup etc.

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I'd love it if we made him our number two. It would do well for his confidence, he'd get a good mentor in Petr and he would see some game time in the league cup etc.

Agreed but in reality he is likely to be number 3 for the mean time beihnd someone experienced (Schwarzer has been mentioned) then as time goes on they will probably switch similar to Hilario and Turnbull.

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No thanks. He's not ready yet. If we are gonna have him as No.2 (and another inexperience GK as No.3) now, we should have probably just kept Turnbull/Hilario. Replacing dodgyness with inexperience makes not much as a difference. Still not reliable and trustworthy.

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Agreed but in reality he is likely to be number 3 for the mean time beihnd someone experienced (Schwarzer has been mentioned) then as time goes on they will probably switch similar to Hilario and Turnbull.

Equally a good shout. Turnbull and HIlario were often rotated in the cup games and that also allows Blackman a chance to leapfrog the number 2 if he puts in very good performances when he's called upon.

In any situation, he's should definitely be in the 3.

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No thanks. He's not ready yet. If we are gonna have him as No.2 (and another inexperience GK as No.3) now, we should have probably just kept Turnbull/Hilario. Replacing dodgyness with inexperience makes not much as a difference. Still not reliable and trustworthy.

Does this really matter with goal keepers though? I could see this argument for an outfield position, but in goal I think the issue of inexperience is subjective. After all, you can only reduce inexperience by gaining experience and to do that it's either go on loan or play the odd cup game. We've seen the effects of our GK loans in recent years.. Sam Walker & Matej Delac were both forgotten about after their respective loans. Walker would be adequate and he's received good reviews from the clubs he's been at. But he's simply been forgotten about.

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Does this really matter with goal keepers though? I could see this argument for an outfield position, but in goal I think the issue of inexperience is subjective. After all, you can only reduce inexperience by gaining experience and to do that it's either go on loan or play the odd cup game.

Yes it matters. I agree that we can only reduce inexperience by gaining experience through game time but at the level we're playing and major trophies that we are trying to win, we need a reliable goalkeeper that can come in and do a solid job if/when needed. Not saying Blackman can't come in and do that but because of his inexeprience, he can be a bit more prone to making mistakes in goal that could cost us points and the game. If he starts making 1-2 mistakes, then the entire defence or the team even could get nervous when defending because they do not trust him and when with a team like ours that tend to make some silly errors at the back, you would want a reliable and solid GK. Have no problem with Blackman being the 3rd choice keeper but certainly not the 2nd. Need an experience one.

We've seen the effects of our GK loans in recent years.. Sam Walker & Matej Delac were both forgotten about after their respective loans. Walker would be adequate and he's received good reviews from the clubs he's been at. But he's simply been forgotten about.

Well, that has basically been a problem with us loaning players really. Both Walker and Delac may have done well (or not) at their respective loaned clubs but it's hard to gauge their quality as to whether they are ready to play for us at the highest level. Walker has been loaned to clubs in League 1 and 2 while Delac has spent time on loan in Portugal, Croatia etc without any success.

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Not being funny here - I think Jamal has a good career ahead of him (albeit not at Chelsea...), but if Cech suffers a recurrence of his serious calf and/or elbow injuries and is out for 2-3 months, do you want Blackman as our number 1? I don't...

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