Kepa recall vs Man United in doubt as ex-Chelsea defender spots key Willy Caballero difference
That’s the view of former Blues defender Frank Sinclair.
The big team news prior to kick-off at the King Power Stadium was that Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard had opted to drop the Spaniard in favour of the experience Argentine stopper.
It was the 38-year-old’s first Premier League appearance of the season and he was criticised for his role in Ben Chilwell’s goal in the 2-2 draw.
Described by BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch as a “big decision” made by Lampard, Sinclair has said he was not surprised by Kepa being rested as he noticed a big difference in the Blues’ back four against the Foxes.
“Without knowing what happens in the building, in and around the training ground, it’s difficult to comment on the way that Frank has handled the Kepa situation,” Sinclair told GentingBet.
“I don’t know what his attitude’s been like, and it could be something that’s been ongoing that nobody knows about.
“But if you’re looking at performances, then you can see why Frank has rested him and taken the pressure off of him.
“You’ve got to realise, there’s a massive price tag for Kepa but he’s a very young man still learning his trade himself, but he’s learning his trade on the biggest platform.
“Willy Caballero’s always been reliable whenever he has stepped in.
“I noticed a little bit more confidence in Chelsea‘s defence with Caballero behind him with his experience, so on a performance level, I am not surprised by Frank decision.”
All eyes will be on whether Lamaprd hands Kepa a recall for Monday night’s huge game against Manchester United.
Having already lost twice against the Red Devils this season, the Blues can’t afford another loss as they’re top-four spot will be in jeopardy with Sheffield United as well as Tottenham Hotspur also in the race.
Based on Sinclair’s comments, it would appear that Kepa might have to settle for a place on the bench.