Kepa Arrizabalaga | Stop with the De Gea comparisons

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Only 24 but the most expensive goal keeper in the world hasn't really been spoken about this season, what have we made of him this far this season? I'm sticking with my original assessment of when he signed and that was that he'd be a downgrade on Courtois and thus far I think I've been correct on that, he's certainly been questionable in more than a few of Chelsea's goals against

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Only 24 but the most expensive goal keeper in the world hasn't really been spoken about this season, what have we made of him this far this season? I'm sticking with my original assessment of when he signed and that was that he'd be a downgrade on Courtois and thus far I think I've been correct on that, he's certainly been questionable in more than a few of Chelsea's goals against

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I've been pleased overall. Better than Courtois? Perhaps not but then again, he was pretty average for us last couple of years.

The fee is absolutely crazy but I'd rather the club took a gamble than went with Cabellero.
 

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He seems pretty decent, been ropey on quite a few goals but made some big saves and is very good with the ball at his feet.
 

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Should probably have held onto Begovic for a bit longer and used him as an interim. Find it difficult to see how the money will be justified, although of course he looks a good keeper.
 

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Should probably have held onto Begovic for a bit longer and used him as an interim. Find it difficult to see how the money will be justified, although of course he looks a good keeper.
Begovic is awful.
 

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Done well for me.

Wonder how close he is to being Spain number 1 with DDG's underwhelming performances for the NT.
 

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He is good and will only get better. It is his first season. He will be an unquestionable top keeper for them a few years down the line is my guess
 

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He is relatively young for a goalie and the PL is much more physical than La Liga, so will have to get used to it. They have got themselves a good goalie. The fee was high and doubt Bilbao thought anyone would pay that for a goalie, but Chelsea did.
 

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Done well for me.

Wonder how close he is to being Spain number 1 with DDG's underwhelming performances for the NT.
Agree with this. Settling down for Spanish players not always easy. See Morata. London very different to Bilbao!

He's been better than I expected so far. No big mistakes. Compare to Allison who everyone has been creaming themselves about. Howlers already against Leicester and Utd.

He'll be Spain number 1 soon too. DDG dreadful for Spain. Mental block maybe.

Good to have a young Keppa who can improve as he gets more experience. Just like to see us play more young players generally. Ones hungry for success.
 

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Agree with this. Settling down for Spanish players not always easy. See Morata. London very different to Bilbao!

He's been better than I expected so far. No big mistakes. Compare to Allison who everyone has been creaming themselves about. Howlers already against Leicester and Utd.

He'll be Spain number 1 soon too. DDG dreadful for Spain. Mental block maybe.

Good to have a young Keppa who can improve as he gets more experience. Just like to see us play more young players generally. Ones hungry for success.
Hmm that's a bit generous, he was absolutely terrible for Wolves equaliser. A lot of goals he hasn't been very good on. Mkhitaryan, beaten poorly at his near post. Newcastle beaten at near post again though that was a decent header. Pathetic for Kane's goal. He seems decent enough overall though but doesn't look a 60m + goalie.
 

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Should probably have held onto Begovic for a bit longer and used him as an interim. Find it difficult to see how the money will be justified, although of course he looks a good keeper.
They would be below us with Begovic in goal.
 

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Begovic has always been a decent keeper, did very well for Stoke, doing well for Bournemouth. Always difficult to be in and out the team like he was at Chelsea.
 

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Think he's doing pretty similar to how DDG did for us in his first year. New to the league / language and new club. It's different for a keeper playing in La Liga than it is in the PL. I think he's done decent and will only get better.

Crazy money but that seems to be the fee for a top keeper now if you think of Liverpool too
 

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Agree with this. Settling down for Spanish players not always easy. See Morata. London very different to Bilbao!

He's been better than I expected so far. No big mistakes. Compare to Allison who everyone has been creaming themselves about. Howlers already against Leicester and Utd.

He'll be Spain number 1 soon too. DDG dreadful for Spain. Mental block maybe.

Good to have a young Keppa who can improve as he gets more experience. Just like to see us play more young players generally. Ones hungry for success.
Kepa has made just as many mistakes as Allison
 

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I like him. Boyish looking. But he's finding his way and is exactly the type of keeper Sarri needs to play out from the back.
 

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DDG being criminally underrated in yet another Caf thread. Sorry, but for the money Chelsea paid for Kepa, I've seen nothing other than a fairly good performance so far, littered with a number of concessions where I was sat thinking he should really have done better. Dave has been doing it at the top level for years.
 

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Did he piss in your cornflakes or something?
I'm just ahead of the curve. His dodgy performances are being overlooked by everyone. Give it 12 months and everyone will see (or he'll turn good, one of the two)
 

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Nothing special so far. But that's not a shame, it is his first season in the PL.
 

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Agree with this. Settling down for Spanish players not always easy. See Morata. London very different to Bilbao!

He's been better than I expected so far. No big mistakes. Compare to Allison who everyone has been creaming themselves about. Howlers already against Leicester and Utd.

He'll be Spain number 1 soon too. DDG dreadful for Spain. Mental block maybe.

Good to have a young Keppa who can improve as he gets more experience. Just like to see us play more young players generally. Ones hungry for success.
And we still won those games. Kepa cost you vs Wolves and Spurs and has conceded more than twice as many goals in the league. Yes he's young but he's only 2 years younger than Alisson. But he's had a good first season so far , as we know it's always difficult for new keepers to get used to the EPL.
 

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A bit like central defenders, the new breed are better with their feet than their hands. Evolution of the game.
 

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A bit like central defenders, the new breed are better with their feet than their hands. Evolution of the game.
I'd say that's pretty good deal for CBs.
 

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Did he piss in your cornflakes or something?
Some people seem to have a strange agenda against certain players. Bumping threads the second a mistake happens but saying nothing when they have a good game.
 

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Some people seem to have a strange agenda against certain players. Bumping threads the second a mistake happens but saying nothing when they have a good game.
:lol:

You've got Chelsea fans in this thread talking up Kepa as ready to displace DDG.

For the money paid, he's been pretty good but nothing more. A bit like the entire side, massively overrated based on the first half of the season.
 

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He's lucky hairy moments haven't resulted in goals.
If you can't be good, be lucky. He was yesterday, can't believe Watford didn't even get a shot off from that pass error. In fairness he's not used to playing at Christmas :lol:...
He's conceded more goals because Liverpool are a much more settled team than us and are generally playing better. I think if he was swapped with Alisson, goals conceded for both teams wouldn't be any different.

Spain fans also want Kepa as number 1:
https://en.as.com/en/2018/06/17/football/1529217464_062289.html
De Gea hasn't really improved for Spain since the world cup. They've conceded 3 goals in the last two games he played I think. I guess he can improve, but I really think it's a mental block nothing to do with ability.
 

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If you can't be good, be lucky. He was yesterday, can't believe Watford didn't even get a shot off from that pass error. In fairness he's not used to playing at Christmas :lol:...
He's conceded more goals because Liverpool are a much more settled team than us and are generally playing better. I think if he was swapped with Alisson, goals conceded for both teams wouldn't be any different.

Spain fans also want Kepa as number 1:
https://en.as.com/en/2018/06/17/football/1529217464_062289.html
De Gea hasn't really improved for Spain since the world cup. They've conceded 3 goals in the last two games he played I think. I guess he can improve, but I really think it's a mental block nothing to do with ability.
DDG has not been good for Spain but let's not pretend they're a fantastic team that has been let down by him. They're now an also-ran on the international stage.
 

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He seems to be a solid keeper but he just doesn't stand out in any way.
 

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:lol:

You've got Chelsea fans in this thread talking up Kepa as ready to displace DDG.

For the money paid, he's been pretty good but nothing more. A bit like the entire side, massively overrated based on the first half of the season.
I must have reading comprehension issues. Where has anyone said that ?
 

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I'm just ahead of the curve. His dodgy performances are being overlooked by everyone. Give it 12 months and everyone will see (or he'll turn good, one of the two)
Definitely not been overlooked by me. His shot stopping is enigmatic, he can make amazing reflex saves from close range yet be slow as molasses to react to long shots. He was supposed to be a passing keeper yet he doesnt look all that assured playing out from the back compared to someone like Ederson.

Of course this is his first season, and being a goalkeeper in the PL is very different to La Liga, they are coached much differently in Spain. He has some good qualities to him.
 

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Definitely not been overlooked by me. His shot stopping is enigmatic, he can make amazing reflex saves from close range yet be slow as molasses to react to long shots. He was supposed to be a passing keeper yet he doesnt look all that assured playing out from the back compared to someone like Ederson.

Of course this is his first season, and being a goalkeeper in the PL is very different to La Liga, they are coached much differently in Spain. He has some good qualities to him.
He's a totally unremarkable keeper which is disappointing considering the outlay.
 

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Some people seem to have a strange agenda against certain players. Bumping threads the second a mistake happens but saying nothing when they have a good game.
Happens with the John Stones thread too in particular.