Frank Lampard is considering replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer. The Spaniard has been dismal between the sticks this season.
Chelsea’s poor form since their return from the international break continued with yet another loss. This time it came to Bournemouth who had lost their last 5 matches. The blues have now suffered 4 out of 5 losses in the Premier League and risk falling out of the top 4 if they fail to arrest their slide.
With the removal of Chelsea’s transfer ban, Frank Lampard now has the luxury of strengthening his squad. It has long been rumoured that the Blues are looking to bring in either or all of Wilfried Zaha, Ben Chilwell and Nathan Ake. However, sources close to the club have now told Bleacher Report wants his recruitment staff to start looking for a new goalkeeper next season.
Frank Lampard is considering replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer
According to the report, Lampard will play little to no part in the search for their next shot stopper as it is not his area of expertise. However, with doubts surrounding Kepa’s spot as the club’s long-term no.1 keeper, Lampard wants options to open up.
Chelsea’s decision to want to replace Kepa may seem hasty to many. However, stats suggest that the Spaniard is having a nightmare campaign. Last term, Kepa played 36 games, conceded 38 goals and kept 14 clean sheets. This season, Kepa has conceded 25 goals in 17 appearances with only 3 clean sheets.
The Spaniard has conceded a goal every 61 minutes this season. He has also saved only 56% of the shots he’s faced. There are 18 other keepers ahead of him who have had a better save ratio! Only Ederson and Alisson come close to what Kepa cost his club.
He has also conceded 9 goals in 6 champions League goals and was very recently blamed for Valencia’s second goal during their 2-2 draw in the Champions League. Very disappointing numbers from the most expensive keeper in the world. It is not surprising that Chelsea want to replace the keeper. However, realistically speaking, with his current form, it is almost a given that if Chelsea sell him, they will take a huge loss.
There is also the matter of finding a better keeper who has not already been snapped up by a top side lest they’re willing to spend as much or perhaps even more than they did for Kepa two summers ago.
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