Bent says Kepa Arrizabalaga could cost Frank Lampard his Chelsea job

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent said Petr Cech should be the second or third-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The club’s decision to include Cech in their Premier League squad surprised a lot of people, considering his current role as technical and performance advisor at the club.

Not to mention that the last time the former Czech international was on the football pitch was in May 2019 in the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Frank Lampard also previously said that he doesn’t expect to see his former teammate make an appearance this year except for potential crisis times (Chelsea’s official website).

However, former Premier League forward Bent argued that Cech would be a better back-up goalkeeper than Arrizabalaga.

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Asked who is ahead in the pecking order between Arrizabalaga and Cech, Bent told talkSPORT Breakfast: “It’s a difficult question. In regards to me, I’m picking anybody except Kepa. I would go with Petr Cech.

“He’s [Kepa] got no confidence already. It’s already on the floor. He’s got none.

“Imagine if you then go and play Petr Cech over him as well. What happens to him then?

“Every time Kepa plays he costs them goals and points.”

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Bent is aware that Cech has been retired for quite some time now, but he also pointed out that Cech is still a Champions League winner.

He also believes that Arrizabalaga could end up costing Lampard his position as Chelsea manager with his poor performances.

“If you’ve got a goalkeeper out there who is costing you points and you keep playing him out there, playing him out there and playing him out there, it might end up costing Frank his job,” he added.

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