Frank Lampard has defended Kepa Arrizabalaga from criticism and urges people to understand that Kepa is a young man.
Following the mistakes made by the team in their first two premiere league games of the 2020/2021 season, Willy Caballero took the place of Kepa in the game against West Brom on Saturday, which ended in a 3-3 draw.
Although, Kepa’s place in the team is unsteady at the moment with the signing of Edourad Mendy who could make his debut in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie away to Tottenham and Willy Caballero who is still battling for play time in the team, Lampard was eager to defend the 25 years-old goalkeeper, saying;
“I certainly won’t go to the point of saying he’s played his last game for Chelsea.
“I think it’s been a difficult time for Kepa – I know it and he knows it. But we should certainly not jump to that conclusion.
“Also – and I felt quite strongly about this – we should understand that Kepa is a young man. A lot of the spotlight on him I think has become slightly unfair.
“I have to protect him because I know he’s a good lad, playing with absolute professionalism and trying to do the best he can.”
Lampard’s Chelsea team conceded three times inside the first half of the game against West Brom, of which he admits it was a big challenge but he is confident that in time, improvement will come.
“It wasn’t a reality check for me. It may be for some on the outside. We should have won the game and would have won the game without individual errors.
“In terms of our performance so far, it’s clear – we have new players in, some who haven’t even taken part yet because of injuries. So we haven’t had time to train as a group.
“I’m very confident that the more that we work, we will improve. Any Premier League game is going to give you big challenges, and West Brom gave us a challenge.”