Kepa Arrizabalaga will be given his chance to prove himself at Chelsea.
New manager Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that he starts with a clean slate, although, for now, Edouard Mendy remains his preferred number one.
The Spaniard has endured a torrid past two seasons at Stamford Bridge, first under Mauricio Sarri, and then under Frank Lampard, despite being the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
A series of disastrous mistakes saw him lose his first-team place and Lampard seemed determined to get rid of him, although there were few takers given his current wages and form in the last window.
The Chelsea hierarchy though were concerned that Kepa’s value was continuing to diminish the longer he stayed out of the team, so Tuchel’s words will be music to their ears, although he still has to prove himself to the new man.
Tuchel said : “ it’s a new start for him. I don’t have a history with him and I hope there will be no difficulties, because I don’t see them coming.”
The German has already rehabilitated several players whom Lampard had appeared to discard like Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rüdiger.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.