Rob Inexperienced has leapt to the defence of under-fire Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Blues in a £71m world report payment for a goalkeeper from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, was dropped by Frank Lampard in February.
Regardless of Kepa regaining his beginning place simply earlier than the coronavirus pandemic suspended Premier League soccer in March, Lampard is reportedly looking out for a substitute.
Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki have been linked with summer time strikes to west London.
However Inexperienced, who labored alongside Kepa as Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper final season earlier than retiring, insists his former teammate just isn’t the completed article.
He instructed talkSPORT: “Kepa’s good along with his ft. It’s a kind of ones the place he was all the time going to have just a little downturn in type as a result of he performed so many video games  final season.
“However he had that little spell out of the crew this season after which got here again within the FA Cup and acquired man of the match in opposition to Liverpool, which could have completed him a favour, simply mentally.
“I believe due to the worth tag the expectation has been far larger.
“Everybody’s been waxing lyrical about Henderson [who is on loan] at Sheffield United, Kepa’s not that a lot older than him .
“However as a result of there’s this large price ticket on his shoulders, you’re considering that he’s the completed article. I wasn’t the completed article at 25 as a goalkeeper and I don’t suppose Kepa is both.”
Former England worldwide Inexperienced has in contrast Kepa’s robust spell in England to David de Gea’s begin at Manchester United.
De Gea, who joined United for £18.9m from Atletico Madrid in 2011, was dropped by legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson for making pricey errors in his debut season.
However he has since gone on to be thought to be one of many world’s greatest goalkeepers.
Inexperienced, who had spells with Norwich, West Ham and QPR, added: “Kepa’s acquired a long-term contract at Chelsea and I’d wish to see him there.
“It’s a bit like how David de Gea was firstly of his United profession.
“He was completely destroyed firstly and now it’s probably the greatest issues that’s occurred to him within the final decade.”