Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has praised Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and feels that he does go under the radar for his quality.
The Blues splashed out £71.6million (Sky Sports) to sign him in the 2018 summer transfer window from Athletic Bilbao and with that price tag came immediate pressure.
He settled quickly at Stamford Bridge as the number one and kept 23 clean sheets in 54 games across all competitions last season.
The 24-year-old showed supporters that he’s extremely composed in playing out from the back and can pick a pass, while also being an excellent shot-stopper too.
Kepa has only one clean sheet in his nine appearances so far this campaign, but his levels remain high and it’s taking time for new manager Frank Lampard to find a settled backline in front of him.
“Kepa is a good young goalkeeper. The best compliment I can pay him is that if you were sitting next to him in a restaurant you wouldn’t know who he was,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“That tells you how many mistakes he makes, he doesn’t make a lot. He just does his job, goes home and then comes back and does his job again.”
Kepa is an ever-present in the Blues team that rarely comes under the spotlight like some of his teammates and that’s because his performances are consistent.
He is still extremely young in terms of goalkeepers and already has to be considered one of the best around in the Premier League.
There is also major belief in him from his national side Spain, as he has started four of the last five matches for them ahead of Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Chelsea fans are extremely excited about the emergence of the young talents at Stamford Bridge right now and most have come through the academy, but Kepa is a youngster that has made a great impression since he arrived in West London and settled very quickly to become reliable in net.