Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could end up losing his job over a £72million player he did not even sign, according to one pundit.
That’s the verdict of Darren Bent, who believes that Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘could cost Lampard his job’, with Max Allegri reportedly already lined up to replace him.
Kepa was restored to Chelsea’s starting XI for Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Southampton, with new boy Edouard Mendy injured.
And while the Spain stopper made some decent saves, his error led to Che Adams’ second Saints equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
Mendy returned to action for Tuesday’s Champions League visit of Sevilla and kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.
The Senegal star has been installed as Chelsea’s new No1 after a series of high-profile errors from Kepa last season.
And former England striker Bent fears that Kepa’s mistakes could land Lampard the sack, if Mendy is sidelined again.
Bent even admitted that he would play Chelsea’s technical adviser Peter Cech over Kepa. The 38-year-old was surprisingly named in the club’s Premier League squad this week.
“I would pick anybody except Kepa,” said Bent, speaking to talkSPORT, as cited by Daily Express. “I probably would go Petr Cech over Kepa but then you think to yourself that he has no confidence already, it is gone, it is on the floor, he has got none.
“If you go and play Petr Cech over him as well, what happens then? But what else can you do?”
Bent added: “Every time he plays Kepa he makes a mistake, he costs us goals and he costs us points.
“If you keep putting a goalkeeper out there and he keeps making mistakes, costing you points by the way, you can’t keep putting him out there.
“He might cost Frank Lampard his job if he doesn’t win many games.”
Abramovich lining up Allegri
Bent’s warning comes amid reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up Allegri as a potential replacement.
Allegri is a free agent after leaving Juventus, and Quotidano Sportivo reports that the Italian is on Abramovich’s radar. That is if results do not improve with Lampard at the helm.
Chelsea spent close to £250m over the summer but have won only two of their opening five Premier League games. They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Tottenham on penalties.