Thomas Tuchel, manager of Chelsea, has insisted he has full confidence in goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Further, he thinks can prove himself once again as a top shot-stopper.
Then-manager Frank Lampard lobbied for the signing of new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The latter has impressed since his £ 22m move from Rennes, in an abysmal 2019/20 season, in which Kepa posted a historically low save percentage.
Mendy was Tuchel’s go-to goalkeeper, too, but the boss announced Kepa will be given a chance to prove himself.
He will play in Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Barnsley.
“He will play [against Barnsley],” said Tuchel according to The Telegraph. “From outside, of course, we had a view on his situation and some difficulties on the sporting side. Maybe, also, the circumstances of his transfer are a little bit on his shoulders. That was the impression from far away, from outside.
“The good thing for him is that we start new, that this is a new start for him because I don’t have a history with him and I hope there will be no difficulties and I don’t see them coming. Today, I absolutely believe [he can turn things around].”