Kepa was once again at fault for Chelsea on Saturday in their defeat against Bournemouth. He rushed off his line without fully committing, and Dan Gosling lobbed the ball over his head and into the empty net. It was the goal that earned the Cherries all three points and is the latest in a string of errors for Chelsea’s number one.
It now seems that Lampard’s tether has worn thin. The Sun has reported that the Chelsea manager has told scouts to find a replacement for the Spaniard because he is costing the Blues points regularly.
He has conceded a remarkable 37 goals this season, and although the defence in front of him has been far from solid, it seems his time could be up.
After joining Chelsea for £71 million in the summer of 2018, Kepa went on to have a relatively successful season. He produced some superb saves, in some big moments. One of these being the two penalties he saved against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final.
However, this season has not been a good one for the 25-year-old. His save percentage is just 56%, and Chelsea have kept just three clean sheets in 17 Premier League games. That is a rate of just 17.6%.
The type of goalkeeper Chelsea will go after is unknown as of yet. Will they go for another young keeper who could provide years of service, or will they look to sign an experienced goalkeeper who will make an immediate impact.
The Spanish goalkeeper clearly has a number of talents, they just need to be nurtured in the right way. If the Blues sign a wise old hand to help him through this tough period, Kepa could still prove hugely valuable to the club in years to come.