Paddy Kenny has been left gobsmacked by some transfer news he’s heard from Newcastle United involving Kepa Arrizabalaga in the build-up to today’s clash with Tottenham.
The Lowdown: Contemplating loan
As per The Athletic, the St. James’ Park faithful are now contemplating a loan offer for Kepa, as they look to strengthen their options in the goalkeeping department.
Manchester United shot-stopper Dean Henderson has also featured in early talks ahead of what looks to be a busy summer transfer window in the North East, with Martin Dubravka turning 34 next season and perhaps in need of some serious competition.
The Latest: Kenny reacts
Speaking to Football Insider, former Premier League goalkeeper Kenny has claimed that the Tyenside outfit ‘would be mad’ to sign Kepa, and instead should go for Henderson:
“You would be mad to sign Kepa in my opinion.
“He came with a big price tag but he’s never really shown why he is worth it.
“I lost all respect for him when he wouldn’t come off in the League Cup final.
“That was bang out of order. Chelsea spent all this money on him then they have had to go and buy another goalkeeper.
“Henderson is the one, for me. He’s stuck behind De Gea for the time being and what a prospect Newcastle is now.
“Henderson has his whole career ahead of him and I’m sure a move up to Newcastle would interest him.
“He’s a future England number one so for me it would be a great move.”
The Verdict: Henderson over Kepa
If the Magpies were to go for one of the goalkeepers in the summer, we feel they should indeed look to sign Henderson over Kepa.
Should Newcastle sign Kepa?
As Kenny mentions, the latter comes with some baggage, after being fined £190,000 for refusing to come off of the pitch during the 2019 Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Of course, Chelsea spent a world-record £71m fee for a ‘keeper when they signed him back in 2018, but he has been displaced by Edouard Mendy as the number one choice at Stamford Bridge.
As such, that price tag now looks to be a big waste of money.
As for Henderson, once described as ‘insane‘ and ‘exceptional‘ by former Sheffield United teammate Sander Berge, he could be the heir to Dubravka, and in a World Cup year, he will no doubt be desperate for game time so that he can impress England manager Gareth Southgate.
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