Kepa Arrizibalaga is not exactly Frank Lampard’s favourite player but reports suggests the Chelsea shot-stopper might not appear again for the side.
The Spain was dropped from the Blues first team making way for Willy Cabellero to start against Leicester City this weekend.
Obviously, a 38-year-old vet isn’t a long-term option for Lampard but allowing him to feature over Chelsea’s record signing speaks volumes. Kepa has quite evidently been poor this season. He has dropped in an out of form, keeping just 5 cleansheets in 24 league games and concedign 32 goals.
Lampard has lost faith in the 25-year-old and is ready to move on to a newer face next summer. Kepa has not come remotely close to justifying his €80m price tag which made him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. That fact also makes it even harder for Chelsea to completely give up on him.
There is no doubt Lampard will be focusing on reinforcements in other outfield positions from June. Chelsea are crying out for more scoring threat and a quality left-back. However, there could also be an immediate need to find a Kepa-replacement. It is going to be very difficult to move the Spaniard out but then again, Chelsea managed to find a home for Alvaro Morata. You can’t really discount the club’s business capabilites.