Chelsea boss Frank Lampard should be concerned over his goalkeeping situation, because his side will end up restricting themselves going forward because of their lack of confidence in Kepa Arrizabalaga. That’s the opinion of former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
Chelsea appear ready to give Arrizabalaga another chance in goal next season after pricing out any potential exit.
The Spaniard fell out of favour under Lampard last season and was dropped for Willy Caballero at the midway point of the campaign.
Going into the summer window, it seemed he was destined to be sold, with a return to Athletic Bilbao on the cards.
However, the Blues have now priced out any interested teams by insisting they won’t take a loss on the goalkeeper.
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Arrizabalaga cost Chelsea a then-club record £72million back in 2018 as he signed as Thibaut Courtois’ replacement.
He inked a contract until 2025, and is determined to stay and fight for his place.
The Blues have been linked with Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well as Ajax star Andre Onana.
But it now seems Arrizabalaga will be staying put and will be Lampard’s first-choice next season.
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And Hislop believes having a goalkeeper who has lost the trust of his defence and manager will limit the way they play next year.
Chelsea have spent big this summer on attacking options, spending £230m on new attackers including Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Hislop discussed what the Blues will need to do next season in order to bridge the gap between themselves and the top two.
“That’s a concern,” he said of the goalkeeper situation.
“I understand the criticism around Kepa, often as a goalkeeper when you’ve lost the faith of your manager and the back four in front of you, it’s hard to regain.
“I think that’s telling, because it effects not just how Lampard is forced to set up, but how as a team you naturally sit deeper and don’t have that freedom.
“Given how talented this squad can be, more times than not they’ll play on the front foot, and that isn’t that much of a concern.
“But as we’ve often seen, the title is decided on how well you do against the top six, and that’s a concern, how vulnerable you are against the Liverpools and Man Citys of this league.”
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