Frank Lampard has openly defended Kepa Arrizabalaga from ‘unfair’ criticisms as the Spaniard was dropped in their game at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion.
Willy Caballero was in the starting line up ahead of Kepa on Saturday in tense game where Chelsea had to fight from 3-0 down to earn a point away from home in a six goal thriller.
Kepa made two errors in their first two games and Frank Lampard had to look to bring an experienced Willy to replace him in their third fixture. Kepa was replaced by Caballero in a run of games in February as well as the final three games of the 2019/2020 season.
Chelsea looks set for a title challenge this season with Frank Lampard making new additions and recently signing Edouard Mendy from Rennes who could make his debut on Thursday against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup leading to speculations that Kepa may have played his last game for the club.
Lampard however was keen to defend the 25-year-old saying: “I certainly won’t go to then 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 into such 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 is a good lad, playing with absolute professionalism and trying to do the best he can.”
Lampard believes also the the team will improve and get better as the Premier League always gives teams a big challenge citing the West Brom game as and example.