The former Blues shot-stopper admits things have not gone to plan for the Spaniard in west London, but he remains a quality performer
Kepa Arrizabalaga remains capable of proving “everybody wrong” at Chelsea, claims Asmir Begovic, with the world’s most expensive goalkeeper expected to be a “huge success” somewhere.
The Blues had been hoping that they would be the ones to benefit from the talents of the 26-year-old shot-stopper.
They invested a record-breaking £71 million in Kepa’s current ability and future potential when luring him away from Athletic Club in 2018.
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Unfortunately for the Premier League heavyweights, an expensive gamble has backfired as Kepa has struggled for form throughout his time in England, with the Spaniard rarely convincing across an error-strewn spell in west London.
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He has now been nudged down the pecking order by summer signing Edouard Mendy, with Frank Lampard looking to move in a different direction.
Begovic admits that things have not worked out as hoped for Kepa at Chelsea but he believes that the under-fire keeper will silence his critics at some stage, be that at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere.
The former Blues keeper told talkSPORT: “I don’t think it’s gone to plan for everyone.
“These situations are never straightforward. If you spend a big transfer fee it doesn’t mean everything is going to work out; there are a lot of factors into making a move work and making an impact at a club.
“Mendy has come in and done really, really well, I think he’s really solidified that position.
“He’s been impressive, he’s been a joy to watch to be honest and he’s someone I really enjoy watching.
“But can Kepa still prove everybody wrong? Possibly.
“I think Kepa is a really good goalkeeper, he played really well in Spain before his move to Chelsea and it’s obviously been a bit of a tricky time for him.
“He’s got really good quality and I’m sure he’ll be a huge success, whether it’s at Chelsea or somewhere else.
“When you have that equality it’s only going to be matter of time before things turn around for him again in a positive way.”
Kepa, who has taken in 98 appearances for Chelsea, started the 2020-21 campaign between the sticks for the Blues, but fell out of favour once Mendy was snapped up from Rennes and has not seen a single minute of action since October 17.