Willy Caballero is better than Kepa Arrizabalaga claims former Premier League midfielder

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 2:16pm

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Premier League midfielder and former Leicester manager Martin Allen has claimed Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga should not be the number one shot stopper at Stamford Bridge.

Adjusting to life in the Premier League and all the scrutiny that comes with it is never easy, least of all when you're a goalkeeper, a position rarely praised and often critcised. 

This has proved to be the case for Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has often found himself in the firing line since his arrival in West London just over a year and a half ago. 

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That's not to say criticism of Kepa has been unjust. Though only 25-years of age and still learning his trade as a goalkeeper, considering Chelsea parted ways with around £72 million pounds for his services, he has made errors some would consider schoolboy. 

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A notable low point in Kepa's short Chelsea career thus far came in last season's Carabao Cup Final, where he appeared to refuse to be substituted as the game neared a penalty shoot-out. 

His inconsistent form recently led to Kepa being dropped by manager Frank Lampard, in favour of back-up 'keeper Willy Cabellero who didn't exactly grab his chance with both hands; he too was found guilty of some real questionable decisions in between the sticks.

Speaking to the Posh Boys on Love Sport Drive, former Premier League midfielder Martin Allen revealed how the Chelsea fans hardly think highly of their Spanish goalkeeper.

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"Good friends of mine who've got good football knowledge, Chelsea season ticket holders couldn't wait- they had a party when Courtois left. They thought fantastic, this new goalkeeper came in, they had a party because they've just bought in this fantastic goalkeeper. Now when you ask them about Kepa, they say no, no way.

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"Willy Caballero is so much better than him. I know he [Kepa] had a brilliant game last week, he was absolutely brilliant. He really did put in a good performance. I think everyone was pleased for him because he's had a lot of criticism. But, if like we were talking about with Manchester United earlier, you need the best goalkeepers and at the moment Chelsea have not got them."

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