With Chelsea transfers firmly in the spotlight, Frank Lampard could consider the Borussia Monchengladbach shot-stopper as a candidate for the No.1 jersey
The Spanish stopper was only 23 years old but had 54 first-team appearances under his belt for the Bilbao first team and had attracted interest from Real Madrid seven months prior to his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa’s first season with Chelsea was solid, although it will always be remembered for his refusal to be substituted in the League Cup final defeat by Manchester City.
The hope was with a year’s experience of English football under his belt, the 2019/20 campaign would enable the Spain international to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers.
That didn’t happen and instead Kepa’s form regressed to such an extent he was taken out of the starting XI by Frank Lampard in February.
“I’m paid to make decisions,” the Chelsea head coach said. “So with form I have to consider the goalkeeper position. Recently it’s changed, but that’s nothing final.”
Kepa sat out of five matches but returned to the first-team fold in March. However, his numbers for the current Premier League campaign still make for grim reading.
He has conceded 32 goals this term despite facing only 78 shots; it leaves him with a save percentage of just 41.
Kepa also struggles to command his area and has won only 0.26 aerial duels per 90 – the 16th-worst figure in the division – while 19 Premier League stoppers can better his clearances per 90 of 0.93.
It will come as little surprise then, according to reports, Lampard is willing to sell Kepa this summer and recruit a new goalkeeper.
Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge but perhaps the Blues should, and will, consider his Bundesliga rival and Swiss compatriot.
Yann Sommer has enjoyed an excellent campaign with Borussia Monchengladbach, who currently sit fourth, the division’s final Champions League spot.
The 31-year-old, now in his sixth season at Borussia-Park and club captain, has established himself as one of the German top-flight’s most reliable goalkeepers and, according to Bild, also impressed Lampard when the two sides met in pre-season last summer.