Liverpool legend John Barnes says the arrival of new Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy won’t put pressure on incumbent No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga, as he is not a ‘household name’ and his mistakes will not be tolerated by fans.
The Blues completed a £22 million move for the 28-year-old, who impressed last season at Rennes, keeping nine clean sheets in Ligue 1.
Chelsea’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech – who also made the switch from Rennes to Stamford Bridge as a player – was instrumental in making the move happen.
The faltering Kepa came under fire last season for a string of high-profile errors, and his confidence wouldn’t have been helped as he made yet another big mistake in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend.
However, despite his poor form, Barnes believes that as Mendy isn’t a marquee name, Spaniard Kepa won’t be feeling the heat as much.
‘This [Mendy’s arrival] won’t put too much pressure on Kepa for the number one spot,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
‘Edouard Mendy isn’t exactly a household name that a lot of people know about so he will immediately be under pressure if they put him straight in.
‘However, if they put this new goalkeeper in at the start and he makes a mistake, fans will be asking for Kepa to be brought back in.
‘Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy will not install confidence in the fans as they know that he won’t be directly replacing Kepa.
‘With the amount of money that Chelsea paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga, fans should know that they spent that amount because of how good he was, so people need to remember that.’