Kepa Arrizabalaga has been promised a ‘new begin’ by Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel, starting at Burnley within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup – dwell on talkSPORT tonight.
The Spaniard, 26, fell out of favour below former boss Frank Lampard following numerous high-profile errors, which occurred constantly since his record-breaking £71million transfer in 2018.
Even in Lampard’s remaining match in opposition to Luton, Kepa allowed the Championship facet a route again into the sport by failing to cease Jordan Clark’s tame effort.
Edouard Mendy, signed from Rennes for £27m final summer season, has saved quite a few clear sheets since his arrival at Stamford Bridge and it’s no surprise Tuchel has caught with the Frenchman as his first-choice between the sticks to date.
However forward of the journey to Burnley, Tuchel insists Kepa can nonetheless turn into successful for Chelsea.
“The state of affairs for Kepa is the state of affairs he finds proper now,” Tuchel mentioned. “We didn’t make a change within the first video games and Edou was robust within the second.
“From the skin he had perhaps some difficulties on the sporting facet, and perhaps additionally the circumstances of his switch had been a bit bit on his shoulders. That was the impression from exterior.
“From inside I see a pleasant man, I see a pleasant character, an open character, a hard-working man, with clearly lots of high quality.
“So the nice factor for him is that we begin new, it’s a brand new begin for him. I don’t have a historical past with him and I hope there might be no difficulties, as a result of I don’t see them coming.
“He’s a transparent man, an open man. He does all the things to impress in coaching. Kepa has an opportunity tomorrow and I hope he can present what he reveals in coaching.
“Regardless of if we purchased them for loopy cash, if they arrive via the academy, or they had been a free agent, it’s our job to push each participant to the restrict; that is what counts.”
If Tuchel needs to play satan’s advocate, there may be an argument to recommend that whereas Mendy has saved loads of clear sheets, the Chelsea goalkeeper hasn’t really confronted that many pictures.
When referred to as upon, the 28-year-old has confronted his personal issues and was liable for the 1-Zero defeat at Everton which started Lampard’s downward spiral.
For all of the questions over Kepa, he’s glorious with the ball at his ft, and that might be essential for Tuchel’s possession-based philosophy.
Even nonetheless, the next stats make grim studying for Kepa, and passing is the one space he has comparatively outperformed Mendy at Chelsea.
Kepa at Chelsea (all competitions)
Minutes per purpose conceded: 78.5
Saves per sport: 2
Share of pictures saved: 63.7 per cent
Passing accuracy: 82 per cent
Mendy at Chelsea (all competitions)
Minutes per purpose conceded: 132.4
Saves per sport: 2
Save share: 75 per cent
Passing accuracy: 80 per cent