Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has branded Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s biggest ever flop after the goalkeeper’s performance in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Kepa was signed for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper with Chelsea paying Athletic Bilbao over £70m for his services two years ago.
Sutton told the Daily Mail: “You can spend a king’s ransom on your attack but if your goalkeeper can’t even catch a cold, then what’s the point?
“Kepa Arrizabalaga cost Chelsea £71.6m in 2018 but has never proven worthy of being the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
“In committing another clanger he further established himself as Chelsea’s worst value signing in the Premier League era.
“Maybe their worst since I cost them £10m! I moved to Stamford Bridge for big money in 1999. It didn’t work out and a year later I was sold to Celtic for £6m.
“It happens. Sometimes it’s best to move on. You could also name Fernando Torres at £50m (though a few Chelsea fans might say that historic semi-final goal against Barcelona was worth the fee alone). Andriy Shevchenko at £30m, too.
“But Kepa surely beats all of us. Sadio Mane’s goals on Sunday meant he had conceded 11 of the last 16 shots he’s faced.
“In football, you always get a chance to redeem yourself. I got that at Celtic, and Kepa might have to go prove himself elsewhere, too.
“Edouard Mendy cannot arrive from Rennes soon enough for Frank Lampard, who is under big pressure to win a trophy this season.
“Chelsea aren’t the type of club who say: ‘No problem – have another go next season!’ Lampard knows as well as anyone that silverware is a must.”