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Chelsea legend Joe Cole has thrown doubt over the future of the club’s first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his performance in the draw against Arsenal.
Chelsea conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 and fans have criticised Arrizabalaga for failing to save Hector Bellerin’s shot.
Kepa joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018 for a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper of £71.6million but has struggled to live up to the price tag.
“I think the next five months are massive for Kepa’s career and his career at Chelsea,” Cole said on BT Sport.
“You look at the David de Gea situation where he came into it, he grew into the Premier League.
“This guy’s been here 18 months now and we’re going to need to see him grow into it, improve in areas like the crosses.
“He has seemed nervous, he backs onto his line too much.
“It’s hard to criticise him because it’s nothing glaring but I think there’s enough in his game where the question marks will be there.
“People will be looking at him now with all the money spent on him going like ‘Is he the man over the next four or five years?’.
“So I think for him if he wants a career at Chelsea… It’s nothing glaring but I just think teams are starting to target him, they’re starting to put balls into the box.
“So for the Kepa situation, for himself, he needs to address this, coming from crosses.”