Top 5 Spanish players in the Premier League
The Premier League is the most commercially viable and marketable league in the world which makes it the foremost destination for talented footballers around the world.
When it comes to talented players, Spain has produced more than its fair share and the Iberian nation is undoubtedly one of the bonafide A-listers in international football.
In the not too distant past, Spanish players rarely travelled abroad and mostly played their football in their domestic league and this is solidified by the fact that each of Spain's World Cup squads from 1990 to 2002 was composed entirely of players plying their trade in the Spanish LaLiga.
Towards the start of the new millennium, this started to change, with players like Ivan Campo and Fernando Hierro among the earliest Spanish imports into the Premier League who paved the way for compatriots like Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fernando Torres, and Cesc Fabregas to join the league in the middle of the noughties.
The successes of the aforementioned players, as well as the dominance of the Spanish national team in this period, turned the Premier League's attention to Spain, resulting in a massive influx of Spanish players into England in the last decade.
There are currently 27 Spanish players in the Premier League who have achieved varying degrees of success and here, we shall be having a rundown of the top five Spanish players in the Premier League right now.
Honourable mentions: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Pedro (Chelsea), Rodri (Manchester City)
#5 Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
The departure of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid paved the way for Chelsea to trigger the release clause of Kepa and make him the most expensive goalkeeper in history when they paid Athletic Bilbao the sum of £71 million for his services.
He had a solid first season in North London, with his theatrics in the final of the League Cup when he refused to come off for Willy Caballero garnering negative press.
The 25-year-old played a key role in Chelsea's Europa League triumph, appearing in 13 of the Londoners' 14 fixtures in the second-tier competition and also staked his claim to be his country's number one.
In total, the Ondarroa native has made 48 Premier League appearances across his two seasons with Chelsea, with 102 saves made and 17 clean sheets kept.