The Spanish media and fans are not too happy with David De Gea at the moment, blaming him for two of the three goals Spain conceded against Croatia on Thursday. He’s now conceded six goals in his last two national team games, but more damningly, it’s just the latest in a series of sub-par performances from the Manchester United goalkeeper on the international stage. He apparently didn’t quite cover himself in glory at the World Cup either, though in fairness, neither did the team as a whole as they exited in the first knockout round by losing to Russia.
The upshot of all this, as reported by AS and plenty of others, is that Chelsea number-one Kepa Arrizabalaga might finally get a real chance at the job. Many were already starting to question De Gea’s performances before the Croatia match already; now it’s expected that Luis Enrique will give Kepa the start next time out.
El debate de la portería sigue abierto— AS (@diarioas) November 16, 2018
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Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, does have 2 caps to his name, playing the second half a recent friendly win against Wales and getting his one and only start this time last year in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica under previous boss Julen Lopetegui.
It’s not a given that he will get the nod from Lucho on Sunday against Bosnia — emerging talent Pau Lopez, who’s impressing at Real Betis this season, is also in the squad — nor would it necessarily follow that he would unseat De Gea from the job he’s held since 2016, but Kepa has been a consistent, solid, and occasionally brilliant goalkeeper for Chelsea so far, and I’d expect him to do the same for Spain as well.