Graeme Souness urges Chelsea to swoop for Jan Oblak

Premier League legend Graeme Souness has urged Chelsea to make the move for goalkeeper Jan Oblak when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign. The Slovenia international was impressive during the double-legged Champions League round of 16 tie against Liverpool, where he made a string of impressive saves for Atletico Madrid.

That contributed towards the Spanish’s club progress to the next phase of the competition (4-2 aggregate win) and Souness has undoubtedly been pleased with the goalkeeper’s efforts. Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Liverpool star heaped praise on the impressive showing from the 27-year-old, who is regarded by many as the best goalkeeper at the current moment.

He added that Chelsea are looking for a new shot-stopper in the summer and they should go for the services of Oblak, who has been consistent over a long period of time, he told: “Oblak was absolutely superb, he was making saves all over and was impossible to breach at times. Chelsea are looking for a goalkeeper. He’s been a top man for a long time.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga from the goalkeeping role prior to the winter break with Willy Caballero taking up the position. The same trend continued for the next five matches across all competitions before Kepa was handed the opportunity to redeem himself against Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.

He managed to do so with a superb triple save to deny the Reds from scoring and the Blues eventually registered a 2-0 triumph. The Spaniard has since kept another clean sheet in the 4-0 league victory over Everton and it appears that he has won over the manager once more. Still, there remains the speculation over Kepa’s future, considering his handling and distribution has come into question over an extended period of games in the past.