Kepa situation ‘boiling over’ as Frank Lampard is urged to show faith in stopper

Frank Lampard could live to regret his handling of Chelsea's goalkeeping situation which has seen him replace the club's record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga with 38-year-old backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Kepa has kept just six clean sheets in 43 games this season and Lampard made the decision to bench the £72m star after he conceded twice to 10-man Arsenal back in January.

Since Caballero was given the nod, Chelsea's troubles at the back have worsened rather than improved, with the Blues leaking 10 goals in five games.

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino thinks trouble is brewing at his former club and believes Lampard should have had more faith in Kepa like other Premier League managers have shown to their goalkeepers.

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“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 over £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.

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“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 £72m 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.

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"David de Gea has had worse moments than him. Hugo Lloris has had bad moments at Tottenham. Managers have shown loyalty to their goalkeepers.”

Chelsea came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday thanks to a brace from Marcos Alonso.

The result means Manchester United can close the gap on the west Londoners to just one point if they beat Everton on Sunday (2pm).

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