Top 10 Premier League Goalkeepers
Last weekend saw Chelsea snatch a dramatic 3-2 win away at Hull, with Steve Bruce himself admitting that the ‘game hinged on Courtois’ saves’. The huge 6’ 6” Belgian shot stopper made an incredible triple save to keep Chelsea in the game and drive them onto eventual victory. It served as a yet another reminder of the vast goalkeeping quality within the Premier League, but who stands out as the finest the competition has to offer?
YJA Sports Correspondent Kobe talks you through his top 10 current Premier League goalkeepers.
- Tim Howard- Everton
The American keeper holds the record for the most saves in a World Cup match and remains a Premier League legend. Both at Man Utd and Everton, Howard has become renowned for his acrobatic reflexes and dominating persona in one-on-ones. However, form has lacked this season as Everton have struggled this term, only Newcastle, Sunderland and the bottom three have conceded more goals this campaign.
- David Ospina- Arsenal
Making his way into the Gunners’ first team after Wojciech Szczesny’s nightmare performance at Southampton, Ospina has certainly grasped his first team opportunity. The eccentric Colombian is known for making some long shots look fancy for the cameras, yet has made notably impressive saves, particularly in February’s north London derby. A sound shot stopper, yet his unorthodox style can cost many a goal.
- Fraser Forster- Southampton
A low place for a man who plays for the team who have conceded the least amount of Premier League goals this campaign with 21. The ex-Celtic Englishman is dominant in the penalty area and arguably one of the best cross collectors in the league. 2014-15 has seen a stunning debut season with the Saints, but sometimes suspect shot stopping can leave the Southampton defence scrambling.
- Robert Green- Queens Park Rangers
Going from the goalkeeper who has conceded the least, to the man whose spent the most time plucking the ball from the net, 54 times to be exact. However, if it wasn’t for the immense shot stopping of Rob Green, QPR would have been relegated by January with their treacherous defence. The ex-England keeper made a number of wonder saves at Sunderland last month and his miraculous stop from a Sigurdsson free kick remains one of the saves of the year.
- Adrian- West Ham United
After patiently waiting half a season to take the number one spot last year, West Ham’s Spanish acrobat has proved a brick wall for the Hammers. A renowned penalty saver, Adrian is the perfect example of a modern goalkeeping athlete with breath taking speed off his line and lightening quick footwork. Adrian is rarely beaten from range, finding it simple to stretch his fingers to either top corner when in flight.
- Petr Cech- Chelsea
Considering Cech isn’t even his team’s number one keeper, his quality is all the more emphasised by his high standings. Unlucky to be second to Courtois, Cech has filled in more than well when needed this season making memorable close range stops. Few keepers are more reliable savers from 12 yards, yet the Czech is suspect to errors and is becoming less mobile in his twilight years.
- Joe Hart- Manchester City
England’s number one and the marshal of one of the tightest Premier League defences, Hart makes similar lists season after season. Recovering from a series of errors last term, the Man City keeper has polished his game for the Citizen’s title charge. Infamous for his shot stopping, most notably last week against Barcelona where not even Messi could find the net past the inform Hart.
- Hugo Lloris- Tottenham Hotspur
Only this week Tottenham were asking fans for their greatest Spurs XI and after only 2.5 seasons at White Hart Lane Lloris is the most picked keeper, a demonstration of his impact. Few keepers are harder to beat from close range, with the Frenchman’s reactions known from being electric in their sharpness. Moreover, whilst his enthusiasm off the goal line can risk exposure, Lloris is nearly impossible to beat from long range with his gymnast-like dives.
- Thibaut Courtois- Chelsea
The master of cross claiming and handing, Courtois didn’t punch away a single cross in his first half season in England due to the mind boggling reliability of his catching. While this week saw his footwork cost him, Courtois has made huge progress with his shot stopping which had previously proved a weakness. As Chelsea thunder on to the title, they owe a lot to their dominating Belgian presence between the sticks.
- David de Gea- Manchester United
No surprises here, David de Gea has shown his brilliance once again this season with his gritty determination to guard his goalmouth with his life. After having a shaky start to life in English football, de Gea has finally mastered claiming crosses and the physicality of the Premier League. However, one thing that has never changed is his breath taking shot stopping, the Spaniard’s acrobatic tip-over from Everton’s Brian Oviedo is unlikely to be beaten to the save of the season. Furthermore, his performance in United’s home game against Liverpool saw a crazy eight saves, including an instinctive tip onto the cross bar facing a close range Mario Balotelli strike.
Kobe, YJA Sports Correspondent