Mark Bosnich believes Kepa Arrizabalaga’s time at Chelsea is up and the club must suffer the financial consequences for his drop in form.
Kepa Arrizabalga became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when he transferred to Chelsea from Athletico Bilbao in the summer of 2018.
Roman Abramovich bankrolled the start of Maurizio Sarri’s revolution with his €80 million capture.
The young Spanish shot-stopper proved his worth on numerous occasions in his first term. But concernedly he demonstrated signs of being not only error-prone but also having a petulant attitude.
Sarri departed after one season, and Frank Lampard inherited the pricey keeper.
This season has seen Kepa fall from grace even further, with even more mistakes.
It reached the point where Lampard was preferring to use veteran keeper Willy Caballero. Demoting the Spaniard to the bench in the most decisive of games.
Former Chelsea keeper Mark Bosnich believes the writing is on the wall and Lampard will have asked the board to get rid and get him a new number one.
Even if that means taking a huge loss, Bosnich told Sky Sports:
“When a big club that has been challenging for honors purchase a goalkeeper it’s for right there and right now.”
“He hasn’t had a particularly good season and the bottom line is you have a fall-out with the manager in any kind of way, it’s a slippery slope.”
“So I can fully understand Frank wanting to basically take that level up and to say ‘look, listen, he’s just not for me, I want somebody else’.”
“If that’s the case then there’s going to be an issue as the club shelled out so much money for him. I don’t think they’ll be able to recoup that money, they may be able to recoup some.”
Should this be Lampard and Chelsea’s decision, who will they bring in as the new number one?