Tony Cascarino claims that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should have followed the lead of other Premier League officials and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of leaving the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.
The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for over £ 70 million in the summer of 2018.
However, her Chelsea career has yet to take off, having so far been ruined by Maurizio Sarri’s challenge in the Carabao Cup final and a questionable form among the sticks.
The Blues have scored 45% of the shots on goal they have faced in the Premier League this season – more than any other team.
Indeed, it is the highest ratio that a party has ever conceded in a single season since this data is available (2003-04).
And Lampard was ruthless, taking Kepa after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and replacing him with 38-year-old Caballero.
The Spaniard hasn’t played since then, and the former Chelsea forward Cascarino has criticized Lampard’s treatment of his goalkeeper n. 1, insisting that he should have shown more loyalty.
“There is something slow at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s seething,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“This is the situation for Kepa. Petr Cech came to supervise everything that happens on the football team and was a goalkeeper.
“They spent £ 70m to bring Kepa to the football team. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa was left out and hasn’t come back since.
“Now, Frank Lampard has received a big call on this. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club spent £ 70 million on Kepa.
“I was really surprised that Lampard showed no loyalty to Kepa. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.
“Bernd Leno kept his place and Arsenal had a few moments of” Kepa “. David de Gea had worse moments than he did. Hugo Lloris had bad moments at Tottenham.
“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”
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