The Blues are reportedly looking at Borussia Monchelgabach keeper, Ian Sommer to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa arrived at Chelsea to fill in the boots of departed Thibaut Courtois and subsequently becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. However, he failed to live up to his billings with a summer exit on the cards. Lampard even preferred Caballero to him in later parts of the last season.
The Spanish keeper struggled immensely in between the sticks. He leaked in a lot of goals and had the poorest save percentage (41%)in the league. Also, his aerial duel ranked a low 16th among other keepers in the league. This has been a huge problem because Kepa is seen to hesitate in his decision to when and when not to clear the danger. Also, his passing had been shambolic.
Although, this wasn’t the case at his time of arrival at Stamford Bridge. Kela earned a great reputation at Athletic club by becoming one of the potential based keepers on earth. Real Madrid was gunning for his signature but ultimately he landed at Chelsea. But this only became a faint backstory of him and he’s nowhere close to his previous best.
It is a headache for Lampard who will be desperate to add someone decent in that position and a lot cheaper. They don’t have to stress so much though with a fantastic keeper available from the German Bundesliga. Yan Sommer is his name and he plays for green and black of Monchelgadbach.
Yan Sommer has been an undisputed number one for his side for a long time now. The Swiss International is in his sixth season and enjoyed a successful campaign with his club qualifying for the Champions League. Individually, he had a great season.
Sommer carried the best save percentage in Bundesliga (76.1%). He also was head and toe over Roman Burki (56.4%), his challenger for the golden glove. His dominance between the stick was clearly on display with him putting up match-making saves. Sommer has also reduced Gladbach’s conceding rate even at the age of 31.
According to Bild, those stats have impressed Frank Lampard. The boss has his intentions to make him the reliable keeper for the next season. He is also said to be taking an account of the keeper’s performance during Chelsea’s preseason. Sommer has ticked all the boxes for Frank and they are interested to get him.
Sommer available on cheap
The best thing about the entire deal is Chelsea will get a fascinating keeper at a cheap price without using much of their transfer budget. Gladbach’s manager Marco Rose termed him as a ‘role model’ something that Chelsea needs desperately. He will go further even with his age and would be an ideal replacement.
Sommer is also vastly experienced both at the club and international level. His ability to handle big-game pressure is also massive. He has only been breached 35 times in all competitions. Hence, his overall outlook makes him a perfect option for Lampard to have this summer.
Although the shot-stopper signed a new contract with the club until 2023, he is relatively cheaper in transfer value. Also because of the Covid-19 situation, most of the player’s prices have dropped. So, Gladbach can’t slap a hefty price on him to sell. Hence, Chelsea has a lifeline to look for other improvements by getting a class goalkeeper on cheap.
Twelfth Man Opinion
Sommer is the best deal Chelsea could get this summer. They should go for the experienced shot-stopper rather than going for another youth signing in Andre Onana from Ajax. They shouldn’t repeat the same mistake they did with Kepa two seasons ago.
The goalkeeping position is a sophisticated part of any football team. It should be handled smartly. Onana is talented but Chelsea needs someone who can handle pressure in a tough league. So, Sommer is a good option. But in any case, Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be a Chelsea man prior to the new campaign.