Goldbridge slams Chelsea player for Leicester goal as he faces criticism
Kepa Arrizabalaga, the goalkeeper for Chelsea, has faced censure for his involvement in Leicester’s goal during their encounter in the Premier League on Saturday.
Under the guidance of Graham Potter, Chelsea appears to have finally overcome their jitters and established a consistent form. After a convincing victory over Borussia Dortmund, they secured three points in a challenging away match at the King Power Stadium.
However, they did encounter some difficulties on Saturday when Patson Daka scored an excellent goal from around 20 yards, responding to Ben Chilwell’s fantastic early strike, which had given Chelsea the lead. Daka tucked his finish into the near bottom corner of the net.
Kepa has been performing exceptionally well recently, having kept five clean sheets in his previous nine matches leading up to the game against the Foxes. However, despite his impressive form, Goldbridge believes that Kepa could have performed even better in the match.
Following Daka’s goal, Goldbridge, the talkSPORT host, promptly expressed his disapproval on Twitter, stating that he believes Kepa is highly questionable. He added that while Kepa may make some goals appear fantastic, he should be able to save many of them.
In addition to Goldbridge’s criticism, Nizaar Kinsella observed that Kepa was beaten at his near post during the game. Many fans also pointed out Kepa’s vulnerability to shots from distance, highlighting his weakness in that aspect of his game.
It may be unfair to blame Kepa entirely for the goal scored by Daka since Joao Felix was mainly responsible for losing the ball in a risky position. Nonetheless, Kepa did not have his best game in goal, completing only 20 of his 31 passes and making no high claims and only one successful punch, according to Sofascore.
As Edouard Mendy’s return timeline remains unclear following his finger surgery, Kepa is likely to retain his place in the starting lineup for the time being. However, he cannot afford to concede similar goals regularly as Graham Potter’s first full summer in charge approaches, during which he is expected to receive significant transfer funds from Todd Boehly.