“He trained hard and lowered his head.”
- Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped this month for the 2-2 draw from Chelsea in Leicester
- The signing of £ 72 million in 2018 has the worst saving rate in the Premier League
- Lampard admitted that he could return to action against Manchester United
Frank Lampard has welcomed the reaction of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on his fall in Chelsea.
Spaniard Kepa fought this period with fragmentary form and veteran Willy Caballero stepped in for the 2-2 Premier League tie on February 1 in Leicester.
Kepa was able to regain his starting place for Monday’s league game with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, while boss Lampard has been impressed by his behavior since he missed Leicester.
Due to the bad shape, Kepa fell to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw for Leicester before the winter break
“I wouldn’t say it was a shock, I wasn’t necessarily looking for that,” said Lampard, from Kepa, who missed Leicester’s tie.
“I think I have spoken the Leicester game and I have to choose the way I see it. It was just a selection on the day.
‘It is clear that there is something more going on with goalkeepers, but I want everyone’s reaction to always be on the spot.
“Every player has it. I often had it in my career. You have to show character in those small moments. And I am happy with his response.
“The response was good as I would expect. He trained hard and bent his head. So I have to make a decision. “
In August 2018, Chelsea paid a world record price for a goalkeeper, £ 72 million, to recruit Kepa at Athletic Bilbao.
The Chelsea boss admitted that he had made a decision to make Monday’s trip to Old Trafford
The 25-year-old has struggled for some consistency this season, with a whole series of rumors circulating around Chelsea looking for a replacement in the summer.
Lampard proved that he had no problems with Kepa’s banking, despite the price tag attached to the striking keeper.
The former midfielder insisted that the player’s values should not influence his selection judgment.
Asked if it is difficult to weigh up not to start Kepa, given his transfer status, Lampard replied: “If so, I had to choose the team for what they cost.
‘All players know that it doesn’t matter how you came to the club, what part of your career you are in.
‘I don’t take that into account, it’s all about how you train during the week and how you play on match days.
‘I play with the players as it feels right at the time. I try to be open and honest with them. They respect that, I certainly did that as a player. “
Lampard has previously denied that he wants to bring in another goalkeeper in the summer