Several eyebrows were raised when Chelsea splashed out a world record transfer fee of £71million (BBC) for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer.

But the Blues needed to find a suitable replacement for Thibaut Courtois and it seems like the Blues’ prayers have been answered.

Kepa picked up experience in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao before his switch to Stamford Bridge and is now beginning to impress in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old appears to be improving every game in a Chelsea shirt and is rising to the challenge of being the number one goalkeeper.

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He is proving to be an excellent shot-stopper that has bailed Maurizio Sarri’s side out on a couple of times already this season, while his distribution out from the back is becoming a vital part of Cheslea’s game.

Kepa has shown he’s got an excellent range of passing and has all the attributes of a successful modern-day goalkeeper.

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The Spaniard will need to improve his general commanding of the penalty area, but his adjustment to English football is happening very swiftly and the suggestion is that he will only improve further.

Kepa has become a mainstay as the number one under Sarri and could lock down the position for years to come if he continues.

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