Chris Sutton believes that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was fortunate to stay in goal for as long as he did this season before being dropped.
Blues manager Frank Lampard pull the 25-year-old out of the starting line up at the weekend for the away draw at Leicester City in the Premier League, with Willy Caballero selected in-between the sticks.
Keep has endured a difficult individual campaign so far this term and he was finally dropped against Leicester.
The Spanish shot-stopper has looked a shadow of the player that impressed last season at Stamford Bridge and has caused many issues for Lampard at the back.
According to the Sun, his former club Athletic Bilbao are monitoring his situation and could make a summer move for him if his prospects don’t improve with Chelsea.
But the report explains that his mammoth £170,000-a-week wages would be an obstacle.
Pundit and ex-Blues forward Sutton has not been impressed by the goalkeeper’s performances this campaign, while adding that his £71million (BBC) price tag doesn’t mean he’s too big to drop.
“It doesn’t matter how much they’ve spent, if he’s not good enough he’s not good enough,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“Frank [Lampard] will be judging him through training all week, he’ll be getting advice from the goalkeeper coach. I think dropping him has come quite lately really he should have been dropped earlier on in the season.”
Kepa has just six clean sheets in 31 matches across all competitions this season and there has been a massive change in his performances from last year.
He kept 23 clean sheets in 54 appearances last season and looked an assured figure that could be the long-term solution in net for Chelsea.
It may be too rash to completely give up on him now, but you can’t blame Lampard for pulling him out of the firing line right now and it could be the motivation he needs to get back to form.