Andy Townsend has warned Frank Lampard he might ‘wreck staff’ if he continues to stick with Kepa Arrizabalaga in aim.
The Spaniard, who arrived at Stamford Bridge for a whopping £72million again in 2018, is at the moment on a woeful run of type and has come underneath heavy criticism after only one sport of the brand new Premier League season.
Chelsea secured a 3-1 victory away to Brighton on Monday night as Lampard’s £200m staff confirmed glimpses of its high quality.
Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma have been the unlikely scorers on the Amex, though new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz proved they will turn out to be essential first staff gamers.
But Townsend, who spent three seasons with the west London outfit, believes the Blues want additional funding after Kepa’s newest failure in stopping Leandro Trossard’s rasping drive which briefly introduced parity to the sport.
Townsend advised talkSPORT Breakfast: “He was suspect for that aim and, are you aware what, as quickly as that one beat him and I noticed him face down on the ground together with his face within the grass, it was the look of somebody who is aware of no matter he’s doing in the mean time he can’t discover his greatest.
“Now, there’s nothing extra debilitating to a staff than a goalkeeper you flip spherical to have a look at and he’s petrified and he isn’t on his sport.
“It might wreck staff so they have to be very cautious with that scenario.
“I personally don’t fancy him; I don’t assume he’s a £70m goalkeeper, I don’t see it. However I heard Frank speaking about him and Frank mentioned they’re going to stay by him and so they’re going to work with him and so they’re going to attempt to get the easiest out of him.
“However that may be a precarious highway to go down in case your goalkeeper is frail, brittle confidence-wise.
“And that’s how he appears to me; he appears to me like a goalie underneath stress earlier than the whistle has gone.”
Since changing into the most costly goalkeeper on the planet, Kepa has conceded 19 photographs from outdoors the field – greater than another keeper within the Premier League.
But with Lampard insisting he’ll stick by his No.1 – regardless of rumours about Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy – Townsend has warned the younger supervisor about an alarming pattern he has observed.
He added: “Beneath the largest of stress within the greatest of video games, in essentially the most critical moments, I wouldn’t belief him.
“I feel he would possibly come up a bit quick in order that’s simply the best way I see it and from what I’ve watched of him up till now.
“You already know, these objectives which might be getting in from distance – and it’s the identical type of objectives that he retains getting executed with.
“These photographs from outdoors the field; whether or not he’s too tight to his publish, whether or not he’s not anticipating it, I don’t know.
“This isn’t new, that is changing into one thing of a well-recognized little theme for this younger man and nobody needs to see the child undergo, all of us need to see him do effectively.
“However you’ll be able to’t wait.”
After placing his religion in Chelsea’s academy graduates final season, Lampard’s choice to spend massive has clearly been vindicated by proprietor Roman Abramovich.
However after such an enormous outlay on so many promising gamers, the worry for Townsend is the children could not settle rapidly sufficient to doubtlessly maintain the previous England worldwide within the Stamford Bridge scorching seat.
“Younger gamers at Chelsea will get probabilities underneath Frank Lampard, I’m positive,” Townsend concluded. “However he can’t look forward to them.
“He can’t look forward to them to trip out six or seven unhealthy video games, it’s not going to be that manner any more – not whenever you spend over £200m.
“He has received to get outcomes and he has received to get that staff knocking on the door of doubtless profitable the title once more.
“So he can’t look forward to these younger boys, they have to supply it, and that’s the goalkeeper too.”