Frank Leboeuf has backed inbound Chelsea arrival Edouard Mendy to do a better job than faltering No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Spanish goalkeeper made yet another major error for Sadio Mane’s second goal in the Blues’ 2-0 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The £72 million signing has struggled to live up to his world record price tag for a stopper, making mistake after mistake.
Rennes boss Julian Stephan confirmed that Mendy will join the Blues, and despite no official announcement from the club yet, reports state that a £22 million fee between the two parties has been agreed.
Former Chelsea defender and French World Cup winner Leboeuf admitted that Kepa can no longer carry on as No.1 and backed Mendy to be a solid replacement.
‘He had a very good season at Rennes, I am very confident that he can do the job much better than Kepa and even [Willy] Caballero,’ Leboeuf told ESPN FC.
‘I don’t know if there is another goalkeeper that Chelsea could find, but for that amount of money it’s a bargain to have Mendy.
‘He’s a tall goalkeeper, very agile and I’m sure he’s going to do the job. But Kepa cannot do the job anymore, it’s over.’
‘Maybe the first mistake from Frank [Lampard] is to keep on putting Kepa in goal where the guy has completely lost his confidence, I think Caballero should play,’ the French World Cup winner added.
‘He [Kepa] cannot play, his head is in a different planet, he doesn’t feel football, he doesn’t even live football, he just wondering if he’s still a goalkeeper, he shouldn’t play.’