Frank Lampard will make another try to appoint Shay Given to his coaching staff as concerns mount about Kepa Arrizabalaga’s form, reports say.
The Chelsea manager tried to convince the former Newcastle goalkeeper to sign him at Stamford Bridge during the summer, but the club required Henrique Hilario to take the role.
Hilario was promoted from within Chelsea to the coaching role, but the Daily Mail claims Lampard now wants to renew his attempts to sign Given.
Derby County kept Given on after Lampard’s removal and the Chelsea boss has continued to be impressed by his work.
Chelsea paid £71.6million for Kepa Arrizabalaga last year, a record fee for a goalkeeper and Lampard is concerned about his stopper’s form.
Kepa’s weaknesses at set-pieces is a particular concern for Lampard, and he feels he is now in a position to go after Given following a great start to the season.
The Blues have kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League this campaign, although the Blues do sit second in the table.
Lampard’s position at the club has strengthened as his line-up rapidly improves and the Chelsea manager is convinced Given can improve Kepa address his weaknesses.
While Spaniard had an up and down relationship with his former coach, Maurizio Sarri, Kepa hailed Lampard’s influence on him.
‘He is a coach who was and is a legend at the club. He was a very important player during his career,’ he said.
‘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.’