Chelsea may have to sign a new goalkeeper if things do not go to plan through dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga.
That is the view of Italian football expert Gabriele Marcotti, who claims Blues boss Frank Lampard is playing with fire with the club’s record signing.
The Spain international was dropped by Lampard for Chelsea’s last Premier League game away at Leicester City.
Back-up keeper Willy Caballero played in Kepa’s place though the 38-year-old is likely to leave in the summer at the end of his contract.
Marcotti says Lampard’s decision to axe Kepa will have two outcomes – either he comes back into the side “more humble” or he is sold at the end of the season.
And he thinks Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski would be a good replacement for Kepa.
“I think Lampard came out and said it was something he’d been thinking about for a while, dropping [Kepa],” Marcotti said on The Headline Makers.
“I think this is where we have to take a step back and recognise what we don’t know.
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“So if you’re Frank Lampard and you make that decision and you drop him in favour of a guy who’s not going to be there next year, because Willy Caballero’s contract is expiring, with all due respect he’s a good guy but…
“You’re going out on a limb, so either you want to go to war and you have to be sure you can win and you’ve got to be 100 per cent sure that Kepa’s going to come back, wind his neck in as some people say, be a little bit more humble, come onboard with your message or you have to be prepared to ditch him in the summer.
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“And then you get alright they’re already going to lose money on the £70m-odd they spent for him, through the magic of amortisation given that he’s 25 years old and…