Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says dropped Blues Kepa Arrizabalaga can still be a “huge success” at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard was a world-record £71m signing when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
But his time in the capital has been up and down and after being dropped on a couple of occasions last season he now finds himself firmly behind new boy Edouard Mendy.
Blues boss Frank Lampard was far from convinced by Arrizabalaga last season and Willy Caballero was called upon. So much so that Lampard went looking for a new goalkeeper and Petr Cech recommended Mendy from Rennes.
And things could not have worked out any better for the 28-year-old, who has managed six clean sheets in seven games.
Begovic has acknowledged Mendy’s superb form, but still believes Arrizabalaga could come good.
Begovic, who made 19 appearances for Chelsea between 2015-17, told talkSPORT: “I don’t think it’s gone to plan for everyone.
“These situations are never straightforward. If you spend a big transfer fee it doesn’t mean everything is going to work out; there are a lot of factors into making a move work and making an impact at a club.
“Mendy has come in and done really, really well, I think he’s really solidified that position.
‘Can Kepa prove everybody wrong?’
“He’s been impressive, he’s been a joy to watch to be honest and he’s someone I really enjoy watching.
“But can Kepa still prove everybody wrong? Possibly.
‘I think Kepa is a really good goalkeeper, he played really well in Spain before his move to Chelsea and it’s obviously been a bit of a tricky time for him.
“He’s got really good quality and I’m sure he’ll be a huge success, whether it’s at Chelsea or somewhere else.”
His long-term prospects at Stamford Bridge still look bleak, though. Chelsea have even registered retired goalkeeper Cech in their Premier League squad, in a further sign of their lack of faith in Kepa.