Former Chelsea goalkeeper likens Kepa’s situation to De Gea

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Chelsea spent big on Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer of 2018, as the Blues triggered his release clause from Athletic Bilbao, who weren’t too keen on letting him go.

Kepa has been badly criticised by fans and media alike in just his second season at the club, and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is believed to have been fed up with the Spaniard and is targeting another goalkeeper.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green believes Kepa will eventually come good and has likened his situation to that of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The ex-England international told talkSPORT: “Kepa’s got a long-term contract at Chelsea and I’d like to see him there.

“It’s a bit like how David de Gea was at the start of his United career.

“He was absolutely destroyed at the start and now it’s one of the best things that’s happened to him in the last decade.”

He added: “Kepa’s brilliant with his feet. It’s one of those ones where he was always going to have a little downturn in form because he played so many games (54) last season.

“But he had that little spell out of the team this season and then came back in the FA Cup and got man of the match against Liverpool, which might have done him a favour, just mentally.

“I think because of the price tag the expectation has been far greater.

“Everyone’s been waxing lyrical about [Dean] Henderson at Sheffield United, Kepa’s not that much older than him [23].

“But because there’s this huge price tag on his shoulders, you’re thinking that he’s the finished article. I wasn’t the finished article at 25 as a goalkeeper and I don’t think Kepa is either.”

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