Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has to deal with the focus on him right now and urged him to “get back to basics”.
There is no doubt that Kepa is massively under-fire right now from supporters due to his performances this season.
The Spain international has kept just six clean sheets in 31 games across all competitions this campaign for the Blues and has a poor save percentage.
He’s part of a backline that have leaked goals all season and it’s a shadow of the previous Chelsea teams that have prided themselves on their defensive resilience.
The 25-year-old has had a difficult task replacing Thibaut Courtois, while before him was club icon Petr Cech.
But he cost a staggering £71million (BBC) from Athletic Bilbao back in the 2018 summer transfer window and is yet to justify that.
Lampard has been talking about Kepa’s form lately and claimed all good players go through a tough patch.
“Well he will have to deal with that,” Lampard responded when asked about the recent cricitsm of Kepa, as quoted by Football.London.
“That is what football is, every player no matter great you are in your career, the best, the absolute best of all time will get criticised and you have to deal with it.
“Goalkeepers maybe slightly more spotlight on them, but it is a similar thing, really. I think the important thing for that is not to get too embroiled in what is said on the outside and look at your own game.
“It is always the basics, how hard can I work. This is not just Kepa, any player. If you feel in a lack of form, fight to get it back. Go back to basics.”
Kepa will sit out the weekend’s FA Cup clash with Hull City, as experiecned number two Willy Caballero gets his chance to impress.
He is certainly finding his second season in English football far more difficult than his first and he really needs a run of games without any errors to restore some confidence, but there may even be claims to promote Caballero if he impresses against Hull.
There are times that he’s pulled of spectacular saves in a Chelsea shirt, but he doesn’t look like a goalkeeper for a top four side right now.