Chris Sutton believes that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard doesn’t trust goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and claims the team can’t hope to move forward with him still in the starting XI.
The Blues signed the Spaniard for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper two years ago and he had a decent first campaign at Stamford Bridge, where he showed he’s comfortable in possession and a strong shot-stopper.
But the 25-year-old had a horrid individual season last year filled with so many errors, which resulted in him being temporarily dropped from the XI at one stage and replaced by veteran understudy Willy Caballero.
Pundit and ex-Chelsea forward Sutton is convinced that his former club will be in trouble if Kepa remains the number one in the new season, despite the club’s impressive transfer window.
“Last season, Chelsea conceded too many goals. They have brought in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz but the issues is the goalkeeper and defence. I don’t give them a cat in hell’s chance of doing anything with Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal and Frank has given inferences he does not trust him,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport (8:08pm, 9 September)
Chelsea look like they could be a real threat during the new campaign, with fresh faces such as Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell all improving the XI on paper.
Manager Frank Lampard is yet to sign a new goalkeeper despite the problems last year, but it looks like a new arrival in that position could be imminent.
Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has said that Chelsea are in talks to sign their goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
“Yes there are discussions that have been initiated with Chelsea, no agreement for the moment — far from it,” he said, as quoted by Footmercato.
Mendy, 28, impressed for French top-flight club Rennes last season and he could be stiff competition for Kepa if he moves to the Premier League.