It was a shock in January when Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped by Frank Lampard from his Chelsea starting XI.
The Spaniard had an up and down season, not helped by the fact the Blues had a changing defence that was unable to help out their goalkeeper.
However, the 25-year-old’s performances were not quite what the Blues needed, and Lampard made the change.
Willy Caballero came in and was pretty solid for the Blues, however the goals still continued to flood in.
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The FA Cup clash with Liverpool was the perfect opportunity for Lampard to reinstate Kepa into his team and see if he was back to his best.
He certainly was with five excellent saves in the first half, with a superb triple stop to keep the Blues in front.
The eyes were on Kepa to see how he would take to being dropped and coming out of the side.
His return was always going to happen, and Lampard
“He did very well,” Lampard admitted after the Liverpool win. “It’s exactly what I wanted from him and I understand that that’s not easy because everyone looks to the goalkeeper more than an outfield player.
“All eyes are on and I’ve mentioned in the weeks before that he’s been professional in how he’s handled it when has been out of the team. He came in and did exactly what I want so he’s given me good thinking.”
It sparked Kepa’s return to Premier League action, coming back into the side for the Everton clash.
It wasn’t the toughest of afternoons for the Spaniard, with Everton rarely threatening his goal.
Frank Lampard and Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea’s win over Everton (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
There was one moment which was a little hairy for the 25-year-old, when he couldn’t hold a long range shot.
However, what appears to have changed is his confidence. Several times over…