By Darren Bent

25th Jul, 2020 | 12:22pm

'Nowhere near it' - Exclusive: Darren Bent slaughters Chelsea 25-yr-old he used to rate

Darren Bent has ripped into Kepa Arrizabalaga after his performance for Chelsea against Liverpool.

The former Tottenham and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he used to think the 25-year-old was harshly treated by supporters but admits he was wrong about the shot-stopper.

The Spain international conceded five against Jurgen Klopp’s men on Wednesday night, including long-range strikes from Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

As revealed by Football Insider on Friday, manager Frank Lampard wants Kepa sold this summer, just two years after he became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Bent has savaged the former Athletic Bilbao star and admits he has changed his opinion of him after his recent form.

Bent told Football Insider: “Oh my goodness, this goalkeeper. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he can’t save anything, literally anything.

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“It’s from distance, that’s what I don’t get – if they’re good finishes and they go in the corner, you can understand it. My dad, to be fair to him, has been saying this for a long time now: ‘He’s not good enough, doesn’t save anything.’ 

“I was always like: ‘Dad, I think you’re being a bit harsh here,’ but he was like: ‘Darren, I’m telling you, he cannot save anything,’ and obviously he’s proven me wrong.

“Anything that comes in from distance, it’s not like he gets a hand on it, he’s nowhere near it.”

Kepa has played 41 times across all competitions for Chelsea this season but was dropped for four games by Lampard back in February.

He has a total of 95 Chelsea appearances under his belt as well as 10 caps for Spain.

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