Saturday, May 16, 2020

Green: £71M Kepa Arrizabalaga isn’t a finished article

Former Chelsea keeper Robert Green says patience needs to be shown to Chelsea’s no.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga in the blues dressing room as the £71M man isn’t a finished article.

The Spaniard was brought in from Athletic Bilbao to replace Thibaut Courtois after the belgian left for Real Madrid.

However, things have not been too rosy for Kepa at Chelsea as series of poor form made Chelsea Manager Lampard drop him for Willy Caballero earlier this year.

Green who left Chelsea in 2019 said to Radio 5 Live about the Spaniard: 
We're saying Dean Henderson is one for the future, he’s 23, Kepa is 25, it's not like he's a million miles away.

“But because of that price tag, you're expecting that bit more. That's the immediate assumption, he's not the finished article, that was never the case with Kepa.

Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea 2019

“It was going to happen at some point. You walk off the plane on a Friday afternoon from Belarus or somewhere and you've got to play again on the Sunday lunchtime. It's so draining, it’s so hard and it's the first time he's done that.

“This year, it's the Champions League and the pressure is even greater. Maybe the more open style they're playing is dragging into that and they haven't been at tight as last season.

“It's funny at Chelsea. It's not the most transparent in terms of the signings it's making. The manager doesn't always make the decisions. I don't think Maurizio Sarri knew who I was when I signed, let alone approve the signature.

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