Chelsea are currently in the market for a new option in between the sticks after Kepa Arrizabalaga has failed to impress Frank Lampard.
Despite their strong end to the Premier League season, the Blues conceded the most amount of goals out of the top ten teams.
As they push to improve on their fourth place finish, Chelsea have been kitting our their first team with five new signings so far. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have arrived to bolster Lampard’s options in attack, with Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell balancing out the defence.
Should Chelsea keep or sell Kepa?
However, the West Londoners must start to ramp up their search for a new goalkeeper, with Kepa no longer considered a reliable choice.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has had his say on the Spaniard and agrees that he has fallen short of the mark during his time at Stamford Bridge.
“If you analyse the great goalkeepers in the Premier League, the likes of Schmeichel, Cech, Courtois, Lehmann, Seaman, Ederson, Allison, have all been Champions,” the ex-Blue told GentingBet (via Metro). “Analyse them – there are always moments in that team, that the goalkeeper has to make an incredible save or has to save his team. I’ve not seen that from Kepa.
“I have not seen that at all in the last two years even when Maurizio Sarri was at Chelsea. And certain goals that have gone in, he should have done much better.”
Kepa arrived at the club back in 2018 after breaking the world record for a transfer fee spent on a goalkeeper. The 25-year-old cost Chelsea an eye-watering £71million and in just two years he could be set to be axed from the team.
Lampard has eyed the likes of Jan Oblak and Edouard Mendy as potential replacements, but no talks have managed to progress. Unless the Blues rethink their transfer options, they could be forced to make a decision between Kepa and Willy Caballero this season.
“If you want to progress, you need a goalkeeper who can concentrate and is going to pull off one or two very important saves every five or six games,” Hasselbaink continued. “He won’t have a lot to do but when he has got something to do, he has to be there to make the difference. And I’ve not seen enough of that from Kepa.”
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