'Frank’s first Huge decision as a manager' - Exclusive: Chelsea tipped to bin big-name star
The “writing is on the wall” for record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga’s Chelsea career after the signing of Edouard Mendy, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper believes Mendy has been brought in to be Frank Lampard’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Arrizabalaga was dropped in favour of Willy Caballero for Sunday’s draw with West Brom and Mendy then made his debut against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Lampard refused to say that the Spaniard had played his last game for the Blues and claimed that Mendy was brought in to provide “competition”.
However, Robinson believes that Lampard simply “doesn’t fancy” Arrizabalaga.
He told Football Insider: “The writing is on the wall.
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“You don’t pay that amount of money for a goalkeeper if you’re not going to play him.
“Kepa came with a huge value but you can see that Frank doesn’t fancy him, you can see the goals that he’s letting in.
“His shot-to-save percentage is not good enough.
“He gets beat from the right hand side of the box.
“This is probably going to be Frank’s first huge decision as a manager.
“We’ve seen the top managers make big decisions over the years.
“You can’t stick with a goalkeeper because another manager has paid £70m for him, you can’t just stick with him if you don’t fancy him.
“It’s very difficult as a goalkeeper if the manager doesn’t fancy you.
“The fact that Mendy has come in means he will come in as no. 1. He will start games when he’s ready to play.
“The fact Kepa was dropped and put on the bench behind Caballero at the weekend tells you everything.”
In other Chelsea news, a big Olivier Giroud claim has been dropped in a new twist to Spurs’ striker hunt.