Originally Posted by Pat_Mustard
No more bizarre than us buying Jones when we have Smalling and Evans in reserve behind Rio and Vidic. They'll not be short on takers if they decide to send him out on loan, and with so few good goalkeepers around these days it makes sense to have a plan in place to replace Cech. It certainly isn't an essential signing for them at this point but its not bizarre either.
Yes it is. Way different. Goalkeeper isn't a position you rotate. For an outfield position you need a back up for each position that won't damage the team much by rotating. In defense you should preferably have two players. We currently have 8 defenders.
Also, it was a matter of buying him now or never getting him.