Allison, Kepa and Leno: Who Is The Best Performing Keeper So Far?

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It was an interesting transfer market as the world record for the most expensive goalkeeper was shatter twice in the space of weeks.

Spending £158million on three goalkeepers in one summer might be insane, but that is exactly what Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal did as they reach invested in new safe hands within the goalpost.

Arsenal got Leno, Chelsea got Kepa and Liverpool got Allison as the new Premier League campaign stated. After ten games in the premier league, we have to take a look at how all three of them has fared.
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Bernd Leno | Bayer Leverkusen To Arsenal | £19m

After a disappointing campaign with Arsene Wenger and the need to find a suitable replacement for ageing Petr Cech, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery got Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for just £19m.

Leno was also part of Emery’s plan to shape the team in his image as he led the post Wenger era. Unlike Kepa and Allison, Leno didn’t exactly find life easy in England as he had to sit out Arsenal’s first six Premier League games

Leno did make his debut against Poltava in the Europa League and then finally had a chance in the Premier League when Petr Cech suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham.

Leno had blended well in the Arsenal as they had gone on a 9 games winning run on all competition. Only the lack of clean sheets has denied him the accolades he deserves as his save percentage is well high.

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Leno Stats by Opta
Games: 5
Minutes: 450
Clean sheets: 1
Goals conceded: 4
Shots on target faced: 19
Saves: 15
Save percentage: 78.95
Errors leading to goals: 0
Errors leading to shots: 0
Passes: N/A
Passing accuracy: N/A
Win percentage: 100

While Cech may return to being number once his hamstring heals, Leno will savour his moments between the sticks and use it as an opportunity to prove that he is ready. Already, Arsenal is marching forward and putting up a nice challenge.

For Leno, we hope to see him more often as he adapts to life in the Premier League. Cech is old anyways
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Allison | Roma To Liverpool | £67m

Liverpool had battled their way to the Champions League final with Real Madrid and when Loris Karius made sure Halloween came early for the Meyerside club with strings of horror performance as the lost to Real Madrid.

To be sincere, defensive and goalkeeping errors are exactly what has stopped the Jurgen Klopp’s side from winning any silverware and it is only natural to fix that.

Having already fixed their defensive problems with Virgil Van Dijk in January, Liverpool broke the bank to get Allison from Roma and so far so good, all is going well.

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Liverpool are currently tied on 20 points with Manchester City and Chelsea after 10 Premier League games with Allison keeping five clean sheets and conceding six goals in the ten league matches he has played in.

Alisson Stats by Opta
Games: 10
Minutes: 900
Clean sheets: 5
Goals conceded: 6
Shots on target faced: 31
Saves: 25
Save percentage: 80.65
Errors leading to goals: 1
Errors leading to shots: 1
Passes: 268
Passing accuracy: 78.73
Win percentage: 70

Allison’s only Karius moment was against Leicester City when he tried to perform a Cruyff turn but ended up being barged off the ball by Kelechi Iheanacho, leading to a goal.

He must have learnt from that mistake as he has vowed never to attempt another dribble again.

Allison’s shot stopping abilities must have been appreciated at Anfield as they now play with more confidence. For Liverpool fans, it is without a doubt that Allison is far better than Karius and Simon Mignolet.

With Allison, Liverpool’s search for silverware is surely coming to an end, we can see it is near.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga | Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea | £72m

Thibaut Courtois decision to force his move from Chelsea for Madrid left the Blues exposed at the back and had them going for Kepa at the last minute.

It was an expensive move for Chelsea who shelled out £72m for the young keeper as Athletic Bilbao had increased Kepa’s release clause after they learnt Real Madrid were interested in him.

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Kepa has adapted well to the Premier League, boosting Chelsea’s Sarriball that has seen the London side playing attractive and exciting football.

Presently, Chelsea is sitting second in the Premier League table only behind Manchester City on goal difference. Kepa already has six clean sheets in all competitions, an impressive return

Kepa Stats By Opta
Games: 10
Minutes: 900
Clean sheets: 6
Goals conceded: 5
Shots on target faced: 27
Saves: 22
Save percentage: 81.48
Errors leading to goals: 0
Errors leading to shots: 1
Passes: 301
Passing accuracy: 83.39
Win percentage: 80

Kepa has conceded only five goals – two against Arsenal, and one each to Newcastle, Cardiff and Liverpool. His 81 per cent save is a major boost and his passes are key to Chelsea’s Sarriball which requires them to play out from the back.

‘Football in England and Spain is a little different in the way it is played,’ he said last week. ‘You need a little time, the usual sort of time it takes to get to know your team-mates and the league itself.

‘But it’s all good generally, I’m very happy.’

For Chelsea, they will be glad they found the right man as they have gotten over the Courtois heartbreak