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'It's not the end for Kepa, he needs competition' - Mendy's arrival could help struggling Chelsea keeper, says Bosnich
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21-Sep-2020, 05:59 pm

'It's not the end for Kepa, he needs competition' - Mendy's arrival could help struggling Chelsea keeper, says Bosnich


Kepa Arrizabalaga Edouard Mendy Chelsea

Edouard Mendy's impending arrival at Chelsea does not mark "the end" for Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to Mark Bosnich, who believesthat the struggling Chelsea goalkeeper will benefit from the extra competition.

The Blues have been on the lookout for a new keeper throughout the summer transfer window, with Kepa still failing to live up to his tag as the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

Chelsea invested £72 million ($93m) in the Spain international in August 2018following Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid, but the ex-Athletic Club star has been unable to reach the same heights as his predecessor in west London.

Frank Lampard dropped Kepa for veteran back-up keeper Willy Caballero post-lockdown amid the 25-year-old's erratic form, which has continued at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

The Blues' record signing conceded a soft goal during a 3-1 win at Brighton on the opening weekend, and another moment of madness cost his team dearly during a clash with Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Kepa gifted the ball to Sadio Mane while trying to play out from the back shortly after the Senegalese winger had opened the scoring, and he punished the Spaniard by finding the net once again to wrap up a 2-0 victory for the Reds.

Lampard promised to support his current number one after the match, but it has been suggested that he will be replaced as soon as Mendy's move to Chelsea is finalised.

Bosnich thinks Kepa can still turn his Blues career around if he embraces the challenge of fighting for his position, however, he has also warned that any further mistakes will likely lead to his permanent axing.

The ex-Chelsea keeper told Sky Sports: "I don't think it'sthe end. But it's been quite obvious for some time that Frank Lampard and his staff aren't over the moon about him, we saw that last season.

"He needs competition. All big clubs should have competition in every position, including goalkeeper.

"Like with Manchester United and David de Gea, if Kepa does it again,he'll Lampard be able to replace him straight away and whoever comes in will have the opportunity to cement their place."


Source : goal.com

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