CHRIS SUTTON: Kepa is Chelsea’s biggest flop … since me! Frank Lampard can spend a king’s ransom on his attack, but his goalkeeper has never proven to be the most expensive stop in the world
- Kepa Arrizabalaga is Chelsea’s biggest flop since I was in for £ 10 million
- Chelsea have spent a lot of money on their attack, but their goalkeeper remains a problem
- Kepa is the most expensive goalkeeper ever, but sometimes it doesn’t work
- Even though he has not been successful, he is given the opportunity to redeem himself
You can spend a king’s ransom on your attack, but if your goalkeeper can’t even catch a cold, what’s the point?
Kepa Arrizabalaga cost Chelsea £ 71.6m in 2018 but has never proven to be the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. Committing one more clanger 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 in 1999 for a lot of money. It didn’t work out and a year later I was sold to Celtic for £ 6 million.
Kepa Arrizabalaga cost Chelsea £ 71.6m but failed to live up to its high price tag
The Spanish goalkeeper had made another mistake because Sadio Mané could score through his mistake
Arrizabalaga may be Chelsea’s worst addition since joining the club for £ 10m in 1999
It happens. Sometimes it is best to move on. You could also name Fernando Torres for £ 50m (although a few Chelsea fans might say the historic semi-final goal against Barcelona was worth the price alone). Andriy Shevchenko for £ 30 million too. But Kepa certainly beats us all. Sadio Mane’s goals on Sunday meant he had gotten 11 of the last 16 shots he faced.
In football you always get the chance to cash in on yourself. I have that at Celtic, and Kepa may have to prove itself elsewhere. Edouard Mendy can’t get out of Rennes fast enough for Frank Lampard, who is under a lot of pressure to win a trophy this season.
Chelsea is not the type of club to say, “No problem, come again next season!” Lampard knows as well as anyone that cutlery is a must. Although Kepa gave him a present, we have to applaud Sadio Mane’s efforts. He was furious with himself for losing the ball. Five seconds later, he intercepted Kepa’s attempt at a pass and scored to make it 2-0.
The defending champions flexed their muscles here. After last week’s narrow victory over Leeds, they followed it up with a strong performance at Stamford Bridge.
In football, you always get the chance to cash in on yourself, and Kepa can do that elsewhere