Chelsea will not challenge for the Premier League title this season despite spending over £200million in the summer transfer window.
That’s the damning verdict of Jamie Carragher, who insists Frank Lampard needs to replace struggling goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga if he wants to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table.
The Blues have already added seven players to Lampard’s squad in what has been their most expensive summer ever, including £54million striker Timo Werner and £71million midfielder Kai Havertz.
However, Carragher believes they still need a world-class replacement for Kepa, who recorded the second-lowest save percentage in the Premier League last season.
When asked if Chelsea will be title challengers this year on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, the Reds legend said: “Not for me, no. Because the spending has been at the top end of the pitch and until Chelsea rectify their goalkeeping situation I don’t see them winning the league.
“You only have to look at Pep Guardiola’s first season in England, Jurgen Klopp’s first 18 months, until they signed goalkeepers and they made the real difference.
“If Chelsea signed a top goalkeeper, I think that will make a big difference. And also to be fair to Chelsea and Frank I think the expenditure of this transfer window is almost three or four transfer windows of money getting spent in one go.
“They couldn’t buy anyone last year, they’ve still got the [Eden] Hazard and the [Alvaro] Morata money, so it is club money in some ways.
“Until they change the goalkeeper I don’t think they’ve got any chance.”
He then added: “The difference Alisson and Ederson made to Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, they were nowhere near winning leagues before those goalkeepers came in.
“You have absolutely no chance of winning the league with a poor goalkeeper. History tells you that.
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“You go back you think of Schmeichel, Neville Southall for Everton. Great goalkeepers make a difference.
“They’ve played top dollar and they’re not even getting middle dollar performances for what this goalkeeper is bringing.
“That’s why I won’t change from that fact that unless they change that goalkeeper they won’t challenge.”
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