'Give him a chance': Some Chelsea fans urge Tuchel to pick rarely used 27-year-old vs Norwich tomorrow
A handful of Chelsea supporters on social media asked Thomas Tuchel to let Kepa Arrizabalaga fully spread his wings against Norwich City tomorrow.
Kepa’s three appearances this season have been spread over three different competitions and two months.
He first featured in the UEFA Super Cup final, saving two penalties to earn the Blues a second European success under Tuchel.
Then the Spaniard deputised for the injured Edouard Mendy away to Tottenham Hotspur last month.
His last appearance arrived in the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa, where the 27-year-old was again the spot-kick hero.
TLC for Chelsea
Chelsea have to play four fixtures in the next ten days, therefore rest and recuperation wherever possible for the regulars is paramount.
Hence why fans wanted to see Kepa come back in for Mendy versus Norwich, to allow the no.1 goalkeeper some time to recover.
Here are their responses on Twitter:
I’d rest mendy and start kepa— David short (@Daveshort1907) October 21, 2021
Start Kepa instead of Mendy— Maverick🌹 (@Nelson_Africa2) October 21, 2021
Kepa in place of Mendy he deserves some minutes too— Emerald Okoroafor (@emeraldafor) October 21, 2021
Perfect but I would give Kepa a Chance— Michael Hasler (@hasler_michael) October 21, 2021
Perfect but…— Lovers (@Lovers_Luv) October 21, 2021
Rest mendy & put kepa
Odoi. Havertz. Mount— token (@__topeh) October 21, 2021
All to start upfront against Norwich 💯
Alonslow. Kovacic. RLC. Reece
Rudiger. Christensen. Chalobah
My lineup against Norwich— only_one_mason (@izu_jeff7) October 20, 2021
Azpi. Tiago. Rudiger
Kepa to keep guard
It might be wise for Chelsea to get used to life without Mendy between the sticks.
The ‘keeper is set to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal after Christmas, a competition that spans until early February.
Depending on how deep the Lions of Teranga go into the tournament, Mendy could miss up to six club matches in the league and cup.
Understandably the Blues will be bruised by their gloved protector’s omission, but it should give Kepa the chance to truly prove his price tag.
Whilst AFCON hits our screens, Chelsea’s own schedule looks rather menacing.
From December 29th to February 8th, Tuchel’s team take on Brighton & Hove Albion twice, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
If Kepa can play a positive part against any of these opponents, the Stamford Bridge crowd will be indebted for life.