Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a good buy since joining the Blues from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in a record deal for a goalkeeper.
Although Kepa has made some mistakes this season, it has largely been a positive season for the 24-year-old who has the potential to become a goalkeeping great later in his career.
Kepa has played a key role in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph and was the hero in the semi-final penalty shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt. Yet, it seems Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been left unimpressed with the Spaniard.
Manchester United and England defender Neville was extremely critical of the Chelsea goalkeeper during the Europa League final as he tweeted: “Nothing personal but I just can’t accept a keeper like Kepa. He would make every defence a nervous wreck.”
Kepa has played in 54 games across all competitions, conceding 50 goals and keeping 23 clean sheets, seven of which came in their unbeaten run to the Europa League title.
Only Liverpool and Manchester City conceded fewer goals than Chelsea in the Premier League this campaign, with Kepa playing in 36 of 38 matches.
Chelsea’s third-choice keeper Rob Green has been working alongside Kepa Arrizabalaga all season in training, and the veteran goalkeeper told the official Chelsea website just how good Kepa has been.
“Kepa for his first season in the Premier League has had a fantastic season, and one that he will get stronger off the back of,” Green said.
“The demands. He’s a young guy. The amount of football he has played, all of a sudden he has gone into a season where he has played probably 50 games, more than 50 games. And it’s not just the games themselves, he’s going away for internationals, he’s travelling all round Europe to play these games.
“And the intensity of the games, and the spotlight of the games is far greater. He has managed that and maintained his performance throughout. His talent was there – it doesn’t take an expert to see that. But I think what don’t you realise when you’re out of it is the demands it has on someone who is still a young lad.”