Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich pointed out why Frank Lampard may want to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga and issues that could come with it.
Being kept on the sidelines for the final game of the Premier League season and potentially also the FA Cup final, it could be the start of an end of Kepa’s Chelsea career.
It was not that Lampard did not give him a chance, Lampard reintroduced the 25-year-old as the No.1 after being keeping him on the bench for six consecutive games in February.
Also, Kepa has not really given Lampard any reason to keep him beyond this summer.
❌ Kepa Arrizabalaga has a save success rate of just 46.4% since the restart, the worst of any goalkeeper with more than one appearance
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Ex Chelsea goalkeeper Bosnich said the club’s record transfer tag has helped Kepa getting more chances than he should and Lampard may have simply had enough.
He told Sky Sports (as quoted by the Express): “When a big club that has been challenging for honours purchase a goalkeeper it’s for right there and right now.
“I can understand with a long-term position like a goalkeeper, and the fact that you’ve paid so much money for someone like Kepa, that you want to give it a little bit more time.
“But I can totally understand where Frank Lampard is coming from, he hasn’t had a particularly good season and the bottom line is if you have a fall-out with the manager in any type of way, it’s a slippery slope.
“So I can fully understand Frank wanting to basically take that level up and to say ‘look, listen, he’s just not for me, I want somebody else’.”
Bosnich who played from Chelsea from 2001 to 2003 believes that Kepa’s price tag would be an issue as Chelsea would find it difficult to recoup the money they spent for the goalkeeper.
He also pointed out that Kepa could always refuse to leave the club and choose to run down his five-year contract and earn his massive wages.
“So I think they’ve got a big decision to make,” he added.
“But I think it’s quite evident from what we’ve seen, and the fact that he didn’t play in that last game of the season, that he will be on his way.”