According to Liverpool legend John Barnes, the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes won’t install confidence in Chelsea fans because the Senegalese goalkeeper isn’t a marquee signing.
Barnes believes Chelsea signing Mendy won’t put pressure on Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came under fire last season for a string of high-profile errors.
“This [Mendy’s arrival] won’t put too much pressure on Kepa for the number one spot,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“Edouard Mendy isn’t exactly a household name that a lot of people know about so he will immediately be under pressure if they put him straight in.
“If Chelsea were to sign Jan Oblak or Manuel Neuer, they can put him in straightaway and if he makes a mistake, fans would let it slide as they know he is a top goalkeeper.
“However, if they put this new goalkeeper in at the start and he makes a mistake, fans will be asking for Kepa to be brought back in.
“Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy will not install confidence in the fans as they know that he won’t be directly replacing Kepa.
“With the amount of money that Chelsea paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga, fans should know that they spent that amount because of how good he was, so people need to remember that.”