Spain coach Roberto Moreno has said he is prepared to rotate Kepa Arrizabalaga and David De Gea in goal for the national team.
The 2010 World Cup winners are blessed with two of the Premier League’s leading goalkeepers. De Gea has been amongst Manchester United’s best players in recent years, whilst Kepa is the most-expensive shot-stopper in football history.
“If the goalkeepers are at the level that they have shown up to now, it’s possible to alternate them. I don’t believe that in a national team it’s crucial that the same goalkeeper plays all the games.”
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The quality of the two is undoubted. However, their form has not been stellar recently.
Last term, De Gea had his worst season since joining the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid, registering a WhoScored rating of just 6.52, whilst Kepa was criticised by Gary Neville during the Europa League final against Arsenal in May.
Kepa has been given the nod in three of the four qualifiers so far but, if we go on form, then his rival should be chosen ahead of him. During the current campaign, De Gea has a save percentage of 71.4%, whilst also keeping one clean sheet. The Chelsea man, meanwhile, comes at the bottom of the list, with an accuracy of just 46.7%.
In terms of passing ability, which generally suits the Spanish style of play, there is little to choose between the two after the first four Premier League games of the season, the Blues man edging the former Atletico Madrid star with an accuracy of 80.4% to 79.2%.
As such, United’s number 1 has earned the opportunity to start for his country once again, at Kepa’s expense.