Frank Lampard insists he wouldn’t be afraid to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s main goalkeeper should he feel it would be best for Chelsea.
The goalkeeper has been under the spotlight this season, with some of his performances questioned, including the goal that the Blues conceded against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The 25-year-old joined the Blues in the summer of 2018 for a world record fee for a goalkeeper of £71.6million, replacing Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois.
Stats show that Kepa has been one of the worst-performing goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, and has Willy Caballero waiting in the wings should Lampard want to make a change.
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But while the Blues boss states he would make that switch if needed, he also believes it has not reached that point yet.
“If I felt there was a need to change I would,” Lampard said. “Obviously I haven’t done yet and Willy is fantastic in his role here. It’s a difficult job being a No 2 goalkeeper when it’s not so many games and a lot of training.
“He does that fantastically when he steps in and when he’s in the dressing room he’s brilliant. So I obviously haven’t seen it that way yet.”
Kepa was highly rated when he made the switch from Athletic Bilbao to Stamford Bridge, and with the price tag Blues fans would be hoping that he would become one of the best in the world.
However, when asked if he felt if Kepa was one of the best in the world, Lampard believes Kepa still has some improvement to make.
“[It’s a] Difficult question. I don’t want to get on that comparison,” Lampard added. “I agree that the fee is something that brings all the eyes on. I think that was the case last season and is the same this.
“But I want to come away from that and just talk about what we can do here and as I said…