Kepa Arrizabalaga had yet another nightmarish match for Chelsea at the weekend after a costly error gifted Liverpool their second goal in their 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Before the season started, Frank Lampard had made it clear that he wanted to bring in a replacement for the Spaniard after last campaign proved to be a disappointing one for the 25-year-old.
The Blues hosted the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday and lost 0-2, allowing the Reds to put early daylight between them and their potential title rivals.
Does Kepa Arrizabalaga have a future at Chelsea?
Kepa’s blunder in the second half presented the perfect opportunity for Sadio Mane to score his second goal of the day and the Senegal international duly capitalised on the error to double his side’s lead.
Alan Hudson, among many others, feels that the goalkeeper’s time at Stamford Bridge is up. In fact, the Chelsea icon has slammed the club’s board for even signing him in the first place.
“This fella doesn’t look the part for me,” Hudson told CaughtOffside. “And as for a record signing it just goes to show that those ‘suits’ upstairs that make these signings are complete fools.”
Kepa joined the Blues in 2018 for a club record fee of £71m, which is also a record for a goalkeeper in world football, and Hudson feels that the transfer fee has been completely unjustified. In his two years at Chelsea, the Spain international has conceded a total of 112 goals in 97 appearances (via Transfermarkt).
“He simply has to go, for the benefit of both his own well-being and Chelsea,” Hudson continued. “I know something about keepers having played with Bonetti, Shilton, Jennings, Clemence and Corrigan in Seattle. This fella has to go.”
Major transfer target Edouard Mendy could be about to solve these problems. According to BBC Sport, Chelsea have agreed a fee with Rennes to bring the shot-stopper to Stamford Bridge. Should all go to plan, it’s likely that Lampard will deploy him straight away and look to offload Kepa in the next window.
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