Noel Whelan, a former striker for Leeds United, has advised Chelsea to let Kepa Arrizabalaga depart this summer because he is wasting time by sitting on the bench.
Kepa should leave Chelsea as soon as feasible, in Whelan’s opinion, before his worth at Stamford Bridge declines.
When Kepa moved from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea in 2018 for a whopping €80 million, he set a new record for the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the sport.
Unfortunately, his time at the west London club has so far raised more questions than it has answered due to a string of poor performances and inconsistent play in goal.
Currently, the Spaniard is Edouard Mendy’s backup in Thomas Tuchel’s goalkeeping hierarchy.
“Players with his sort of stature and price tag cannot be number two,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He won’t be happy with his place as a second fiddle at Chelsea right now. He will want to feel like a number one again – and hopefully, the club will let him have that opportunity.
“I don’t think the club will stand in his way. Someone of his age and quality is wasted sitting on the bench.”
This summer, Kepa caught the attention of Lazio, and Whelan has pleaded with Chelsea to let him join the Italian Serie A side and take advantage of his rising worth.
“If he is not going to be number one, Chelsea may as well try and capitalize on his value going up if he has a good season away at Napoli,” Whelan added