Schwarzer: “Kepa will lose No.1 status at Chelsea to Mendy”

The former Blues goalkeeper believes that the Spanish international has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and may have difficulty bouncing back.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is likely to lose his leading position in goal for Chelsea after failing in the Premier League, according to Mark Schwarzer. The Spanish goalkeeper fought again at Stamford Bridge last season after a major transfer from Athletic Bilbao 2018. During the low season, the Blues decided to sign Rennes goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, Goal recently confirmed that an agreement is being reached.

Agreement between Rennes and Chelsea for Edouard Mendy

This impending arrival will put even more pressure on Kepa. Ex-Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester City goalkeeper Schwarzer thinks Mendy will probably get into the starting XI. “Obviously there are question marks about Kepa, I think his save rate last season was the worst in the Premier League”Sa Schwarzer Goal. “He obviously did not have a good memory there. I think it was not entirely his own fault – in defense Chelsea were not the best.”

Schwarzer worried about the Blues defense


“I think the move to Chelsea was astronomical and apart from the fact that they paid for a world record for him as a goalkeeper, it was really tough. I just think he has not come that much. They were hoping, hence the fact that they think they have to call in another guard to really push him. I would be surprised if they recruit Mendy and they do not wait too long before that. to place him as number one. This can be very detrimental to Kepa and he may think it is unlikely that he will stay. “, admitted Schwarzer.

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Of the blues that could potentially sign Mendy, Schwarzer added: “Obviously Petr Cech had a big word about whether he came to the club, if this transfer takes place and you have to trust his judgment.” If Frank Lampard’s side completed a deal for the Senegalese goalkeeper, he would be the club’s seventh major signing of the summer. Although Schwarzer accepts that expectations are rising at Stamford Bridge, he believes the team is still short on defenders and will not be able to compete in the long run for the top two in the championship.

“The more money you spend, the more high-caliber players you bring in, your expectations start to rise, right?” analyzed the previous guard. “With Chelsea, I think it was inevitable that they would spend the money. They had a one-year transfer ban so they could collect the money. Defensively, they are still a few players away. By a team that can really push Liverpool and Manchester City to the end.” .