When Simon Mignolet signed on the dotted line a new contract at Liverpool earlier this week, it dawned on us just how many brilliant goalkeepers there are in the Premier League right now.
And, for Liverpool fans worried about their Belgian goalkeeper, it is noticeable how little Mignolet features on the tables below.
Last Sunday in the Premier League we saw just how many outstanding custodians English football’s top flight has to offer right now.
“Super Sunday” featured just one goal as David De Gea, Petr Cech and Jack Butland all excelled.
Meanwhile, the likes of Joe Hart, Hugo Lloris, Kasper Schmeichel and Adrian have all had strong seasons.
With the help of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, we have had a look below at a variety of goalkeeping statistics.
Stoke and England’s Jack Butland has made more saves (80) that any other Premier League keeper, making five more stops than Arsenal’s Petr Cech.
Jack Butland has also made more saves per goal conceded than any other Premier League shot stopper, making an average of 3.63 saves per goal conceded so far this season, once again just pipping Petr Cech to the top spot. London based keepers Adrian and Hugo Lloris occupy the third and fourth spots as the only other keepers to average at least three saves per goal conceded, with Manchester based Joe Hart and David de Gea in fifth and sixth spots respectively.
When it comes to looking at the league’s busiest keepers, Sunderland’s former goalkeeper Costel Pantillimon, now at Watford, is proving that he is earning his wages, having to make more saves on average than any other goalkeeper. Pantillimon is averaging a save every 21.5 minutes, with West Ham’s Adrian and Jack Butland making up the top three busiest shot stoppers so far this season. We don’t expect Pantillimon to play much now at The Hornets with Heurelho Gomes in such fine form.
Whilst Butland has made more saves than any other keeper in the league, it is in fact Joe Hart that has a better record for keeping clean sheets than any other Premier League keeper. The Man City keeper is averaging a clean sheet every other game this season in the Premier League, with rivals Manchester United’s shot stopper David de Gea has to settle for second best, keeping a clean sheet in 44.4% of his matches so far this season.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League.