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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been warned to follow the example of fellow Premier League managers and remain loyal to Kepa Arrizabalaga instead of dropping the goalkeeper for Willy Caballero.
This is according to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.
Kepa hasn’t played for the Blues since the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in January and Cascarino has criticised Lampard’s treatment of the Spanish goalkeeper, who is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
“There is something simmering at Chelsea Football Club, and it’s boiling over,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“It’s this Kepa situation. Petr Cech has come in to oversee everything that’s going on at the football club, and he was a goalkeeper.
“They’ve spent £70m to bring Kepa to the football club. After the Arsenal game, where they conceded two goals, Kepa got left out and hasn’t been back in since.
“Now, Frank Lampard has got a big call on this one. You’re putting in a 38-year-old goalkeeper when the club has spent £70m on Kepa.
“I’ve been really surprised that Lampard hasn’t shown any loyalty to Kepa at all. Did he make big mistakes? Not really. Could he have done more? Yes, I think that’s a fair point.
“Bernd Leno has kept his place and Arsenal, he’s had a couple of ‘Kepa’ moments. David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham.
“Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”
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