Kepa has been one of the main positives this season for Chelsea though rivals have ripped him off at £70m but already in his first full season at the bridge he has shown why he is one of the best keepers in the league, and unsurprisingly has enjoyed 3 straight starts for the Spanish national side.
David De gea has had a season to forget even though the Spaniard was many people’s choice for best goalkeeper in the world at this point last year but, following a poor World Cup and even worse season for Manchester United, he’s not in the conversation right now as slowly he’s losing his Spanish number one spot to kepa.
It’s no surprise to see Kepa starting over De Gea for Spain yet again this season. De Gea has been largely criticised in Spain due to his poor ball handling skills as a goalkeeper and the increasing number of errors he’s made leading to goals in both club and country.
Kepa has been far superior with his stunning statistics this season as compared to that of De Gea.
The Basque born enjoyed a great debut season in the premier league keeping a massive 14 clean sheets out of 36 appearances with De Gea keeping only 7 clean sheets out of a total of 35 matches. Sadly, De Gea has really dipped form as compared to his previous seasons at Old Trafford. Last season he kept 18 clean sheets out of 37 matches and conceded just 28 goals. This season saw 50 goals entering the back of his net in the premier league.
Undoubtedly Kepa has worked his socks off to be Spanish number one at the moment as he has patiently waited for his opportunity to be in the poles for Spain. It’s still early days yet to call him number one but from the antecedents of events hitherto he’s Spain’s safest pare of hands.
Story by: Vinyl Tong