When Kepa Arrizabalaga arrived, it smacked as desperation following the departure of Thibaut Courtois to Madrid but so far this season, it looks as though Chelsea have captured a future star in between the posts.
Paying his mammoth £71.6 million release clause, Chelsea made Kepa the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. He joins a league with some of the best shot-stoppers in the world with the likes of David De Gea, Alisson and Ederson all plying their trade in the Premier League.
It’s De Gea who has set the standard in the world for the last few years and it’s he who Kepa will get compared to.
Man United’s goalkeeper has been superb during his time in Manchester but in Kepa, Chelsea have found a ‘keeper who might be showing the world the new modern goalkeeper ahead of De Gea.
Although De Gea struggled to find his feet during the initial stages of his Man U career, the Spaniard has since become a star and probably the best all-round goalkeeper in the world, despite his slight dip in form recently.
The Spaniard’s distribution from goal kicks and his hands is outstanding but that style is quickly becoming seen as an old-school style of goalkeeper. What is required of a goalkeeper nowadays is the ability to take the ball to feet and play out from the back and that’s something that Kepa has shown so far for Chelsea.
The 24-year-old is incredibly comfortable with the ball at his feet and already betters his Spanish counterpart in that aspect. While De Gea may be the better goalkeeper for now, Kepa’s ability to play out from the back may be one aspect that eventually sees him usurp De Gea as not only Spain’s number one but also as one of the best ‘keepers in the world.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!