Kepa ‘worst signing’ Chelsea have made in PL era – Sutton

Joe Williams
Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea Liverpool

Chris Sutton reckons goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is the “worst value signing” Chelsea have made “in the Premier League era”.

Sadio Mane blocked Kepa’s laboured clearance and tapped home his second goal as 10-man Chelsea succumbed to Jurgen Klopp’s defending Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge.

Andreas Christensen’s red card handed Liverpool an advantage they fully exploited, but Blues boss Frank Lampard conceded Kepa was at fault for the second goal – and is in desperate need of a confidence boost.

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Lampard revealed veteran Willy Caballero will start Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Barnsley at Stamford Bridge, but insisted that was always the plan, even before Kepa’s latest costly error.

And 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.”