A pair of statistics doing the rounds online this evening have perfectly illustrated just how poorly Kepa Arrizabalaga has fared during his time with Chelsea.
The situation between the posts has proven a major source of concern at Chelsea to this point in the campaign.
After finally beginning to showcase the kind of form to suggest that he was ready to justify his hefty price-tag towards the business end of last season, Kepa has taken considerable steps in the wrong direction this time around.
The former Athletic Bilbao man has looked shaky throughout the campaign, struggling both from a shotstopping perspective, and to command his area.
In fact, so frequent were Kepa’s mistake-riddled displays over the months leading up to the turn of the year, that they even resulted in him losing his place in Chelsea’s starting XI to veteran Willy Caballero.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea tries to shield the ball so that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga can gather the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
And, though he had since gone on to reclaim first-choice status of late, Frank Lampard’s complete lack of faith in the 25-year-old was laid bare once more this past weekend, when, in his side’s most crucial outing of the campaign, the Chelsea boss yet again opted to drop Kepa.
‘Worst in history’
As such, question marks surrounding Kepa’s future at Stamford Bridge have inevitably begun to mount of late.
And, as outlined above, if the latest stats surrounding the Spaniard’s form are anything to go by, then it is not too difficult to understand why Chelsea could be ready to part with their no.1, just two years on from his record-breaking arrival.
Upon the Premier League season coming to an end on Sunday, it was subsequently revealed that Kepa was, by a distance, the owner of the worst save percentage of any goalkeeper in the English top-flight:
Kepa finished the Premier League season with the lowest save % in the league. 53.5%. The 2nd worst was Jordan Pickford with a 62.7% save percentage. #CFC
— CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) July 27, 2020
And, incredibly, when taking into account his debut season with Chelsea, the situation only becomes more alarming:
Two absolutely awful Kepa stats…
– He has the worst save percentage in Premier League history (to play 10+ games), with 54.5%. 730th place.
– He has conceded 8% of Chelsea’s Premier League goals since 1992 in 2 years.
Most expensive keeper in history! 😳
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 28, 2020
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