Chelsea’s problems at the back continued on Saturday. They conceded a late goal against Newcastle that saw them lose the game 1-0. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was once again questioned and it is now time for the Blues to sign someone to compete with the Spaniard.
His save percentage of 55.4% is the worst of any goalkeeper in the Premier League and leaves him ranking 127th out of 132 goalkeepers in Europe. These numbers make for grim reading for Chelsea fans and Kepa alike. Although they do not tell the full story, statistics like these prove that Lampard should consider signing a new stopper.
The 25-year-old has had a mixed spell at Stamford Bridge so far. After an impressive first season with the club, Kepa has struggled this campaign behind a leaky backline. That could be part of his struggles, but cannot be used as an excuse for his poor save rate.
Chelsea need him on top form if they are to remain in the top four this season and signing some stronger competition could be the making of the Spain international. Willy Caballero is a fine deputy, but is not in contention for a starting spot and never will be.
Bringing in a goalkeeper that can fight for the number one spot could make Kepa hungry to prove he is worth the large fee the Blues paid for him. Having two players with the capability of taking the number one spot will only make the pair of them stronger.