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Kepa Arrizabalaga's best passes at Chelsea show his distribution is underrated

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There was no shortage of pressure on Kepa Arrizabalaga when he signed for Chelsea this summer.

Not only did he have the unenviable task of replacing Thibaut Courtois, but his remarkable transfer fee of £71 million was guaranteed to pressurise his performances at Stamford Bridge.

Fast forward four months and in truth, there hasn't been that much discussion about Kepa's performances and no news is certainly good news.

Although the former Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper hasn't revolutionised Chelsea, the transition from Courtois to him has been remarkably seamless.

All in all, it looks an incredibly sound investment from the Blues and Kepa isn't allowing that aforementioned transfer fee to influence his displays.

Kepa's form at Chelsea

"I wouldn't call it pressure, I would just say it is how the transfer market goes. He went and I came in and I'm not one to focus on the comings and goings," he told Sky Sports in December.

"I'm focused on myself and there is a great opportunity for me to come here. I wanted to take advantage of this and enjoy my football and look forward and not back."

"Looking towards the future excites me with the possibilities we have to improve and I'm excited about what the future might bring."

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Compilation of Kepa's passes

And one of Kepa's most impressive traits on display at Chelsea has been his distribution, something for which Alisson Becker and Ederson are so regularly praised.

However, it seems that Kepa's passing has flown somewhat under the radar, whether that be from off the ground or out of his hands.

That considered, one Chelsea fan has compiled a video showing his best distribution throughout the 2018/19 season and in particular, when he was under pressure from an opponent.

Some of the passes were nothing short of brilliant, so it's no surprise the clip has surpassed 1,000 'likes.' The full video can be seen here:

Kepa deserves more credit to say the least.

Distribution is becoming increasingly important for the modern goalkeeper and is helping to facilitate the brand of football Maurizio Sarri wants to play in west London.

Although Courtois can't be beaten when it comes to cross-claiming, his passing ability just can't compete with Kepa's and there have been few complaints about the swap.

That's especially the case when Chelsea fans see how much Courtois has struggled since signing for Real Madrid.

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Supporters will have to see how Kepa fares for the remainder of the season and there's still a long way to go, but the early signs are certainly promising.

Based on the evidence so far this season, perhaps it's best that Kepa's quality remains a poorly kept secret.

Who would you rather have at Chelsea right now - Kepa or Courtois? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
Football
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Maurizio Sarri
Thibaut Courtois
Premier League
Chelsea

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