Frank Lampard should’ve followed Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham’s example with treatment of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, insists Tony Cascarino
Tony Cascarino argues Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should’ve followed the example of fellow Premier League managers and remained loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.
The Blues made Kepa, 25, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for more than £70m in the summer of 2018.
However, his Chelsea career is yet to take off, having so far been blighted by the defiance of Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final and some questionable form between the sticks.
Cascarino has been critical of Lampard’s management style
The Blues have let in 45% of the shots on target they’ve faced in the Premier League this season – more than any other club.
In fact, it’s the the highest such ratio any side has conceded in a single season since this data is available (2003-04).
And Lampard has been ruthless, axing Kepa after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in January and replacing him with 38-year-old Caballero,.
Kepa hasn’t featured in any competition since January 22
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The Spaniard hasn’t played since, and former Chelsea striker Cascarino has criticised Lampard’s treatment of his No. 1 goalkeeper, insisting he should’ve been shown more loyalty.
“There is something simmering at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s boiling over,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“It’s this Kepa situation. Petr Cech has come in to oversee everything that’s going on at the football club, and he was a goalkeeper.
“They’ve spent £70m to bring Kepa to the football club. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa got left out and hasn’t been back in since.
“Now, Frank Lampard has got a big call on this one. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club has spent £70m on Kepa.
“I’ve been really surprised that Lampard hasn’t shown any loyalty to Kepa at all. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.
“Bernd Leno has kept his place and Arsenal, he’s had a couple of ‘Kepa’ moments. David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham.
“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”