Lampard still wants Given, as doubts remain surrounding Kepa

Date published: Friday 15th November 2019 8:18

Frank Lampard will try and appoint Shay Given to his coaching staff again as his concerns remain over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s form, claims a report.

Arrizabalaga, 25, has been an ever present for Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League this season and he has even managed to displace David De Gea as Spain’s keeper in various games.

However, the Daily Mail report that Lampard has concerns about Arrizabalaga, especially his ability from set-pieces and the Chelsea boss wants Given to come in and work with him.

The Chelsea boss tried to convince former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given to join him at Stamford Bridge during the summer, but Blues officials were keen to promote from within.

Henrique Hilario was handed the goalkeeper coach role and Given agreed to stay with Derby, where he had worked under Lampard last season.

Former Chelsea keeper Hilario stepped up into a coaching role in July 2019, but with just three clean sheets from Arrizabalaga, Lampard is keen to get Given in for support.

The report claims Lampard, who was content not to rock the boat when he was appointed, has “increased his internal bargaining power after a strong start to the season” and will make another attempt to get Given on board and reunite him with first-team coaches Jody Morris and Chris Jones, who followed Lampard to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

 

 

Arrizabalaga was dropped by previous coach Maurizio Sarri after the keeper lost his cool during the Carabao Cup final last February.

Arrizabalaga refused Sarri’s attempts to substitute him in the final minute of extra time before the penalty shootout, won by Manchester City.

Still, the Spanish stopper had good words for Sarri after the Italian left for Juventus.

Arrizabalaga said: “He is a coach who was and is a legend at the club. He was a very important player during his career.

“Now he is in his second year as a coach, but he is sharing all his experience, everything he knows about football. I am very lucky to have him as a coach. Of course, we still must grow as a team.”

 

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