Chelsea boss Frank Lampard made the surprise decision to start Willy Caballero over Kepa Arrizabalaga against Leicester.
The veteran stopper was chosen over the club’s record signing in Kepa, with his recent form being questioned by supporters.
Former Portsmouth, Newcastle and West Ham keeper Shaka Hislop has now given his thoughts on the bold call, stating that the Blues will not be able to hold onto their top four spot with the Argentine in goal.
“Listen, I don’t know what kind of discussion Frank Lampard had with Kepa about the situation, about his own performances,” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“But from the outside looking in, I’m not sure how this makes him better.
“I’m not sure how this improves him as a goalkeeper, being left out in a game of this magnitude, with the spotlight quite clearly on you.
“Now that’s something that Frank Lampard is going to have to manage because I don’t see how you finish the season with Willy Caballero in goal and still finish top four.
“Here’s the thing, you have a fragile, what maybe a fragile dressing room given some of the inconsistencies seen from them over the last month-and-a-half, but now you’re complaining about the transfer window where you haven’t strengthened the squad and you fire broadside at your goalkeeper.
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“How does that play out in the dressing room between now and the end of the season, when these are the players that you are going to have to rely on?”
Lampard was quick to acknowledge his change to the starting line up before their 2-2 draw, mentioning Caballero’s FA Cup performance against Hull.
“You make decisions every week and every day in this job. No decision is easy,” he told Chelsea TV.
“When it comes to a goalkeeper you probably do give it a little bit more thought and a bit more time,…