5 February, 2013 - 03:19

Top-5 Premier League goalkeepers

Top-5 Premier League goalkeepers

Sometimes it seems that football is all about strikers and midfielders – everybody just does not pay regard to goalkeepers as long as they do their job well. You rarely see massive transfer fee paid for goalkeepers and more often than not they are on comparatively modest contracts at the club.

However this should not be the case. Goalkeepers are playing a vital role in team as they usually organize defense and are responsible for the whole team’s attitude towards the game. Good, reliable goalkeepers are usually beaming with confidence imparting their attitude of mind to other teammates. They have to be mentally tough in order to motivate their partners. As Brad Friedel once said: “A great goalkeeper has to have the keys to a great mindset. To be able to work well in the box, I believe you have to be able to think outside of the box.”

With that in mind we suggest ranking of the top 5 Premier League goalkeepers at the moment, based on the conceded goals/minute ratio (with statistics being taken from transfermarkt.de):

1. Joe Hart, Man City (11 clean sheets in 25 matches, 21 conceded (minutes per goal conceded 107))

Man City’s defensive record speaks for itself – they have conceded just 21 goals in 25 games, less than any other Premier League team. This proves just how well the 25-year-old organizes the back line, showing maturity beyond his years. The England number one produces an excellent display almost every game making quality saves when necessary and instilling his teammates with confidence. He also relished big matches, thriving under pressure.

Joe Hart has joint Man City from Shrewsbury Town in 2006 and has become the Citizens’ number one in 2010. Today it is almost impossible to imagine City without him between the sticks.

However footballtop.com readers seem to be not impressed with Hart’s performances, as he holds just 19th place in our rating of top goalkeepers.


2. Petr Cech, Chelsea (9 clean sheets in 23 matches, 24 conceded (84))

Everyone just keeps talking about Chelsea crisis, chewing over the short-sighted Abramovich’s strategy of running the club, necessity to sell Torres and buy a pair of quality defenders, midfielders, attackers etc. However hardly anyone challenges Cech’s position at the club.

Although Chelsea have been highly inconsistent this season, with Cech sometimes looking awkward, he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Should their goalkeeper be a bit less reliable it is likely the Blues could not find themselves in the third spot at the moment (they conceded just 27 goals in 25 games which is the second-best result). They could have never claimed Champions’ League title without his solid-rock presence.

Cech joined Chelsea back in 2004 and quickly became team’s number one. Cech is also firm first choice for Czech Republic national team, having won 98 caps. He is undoubtedly valuable asset both for the Blues and his national team.

Footballtop.com readers have paid homage to Cech’s achievements, putting him on a 4th spot in our rating of top goalkeepers.


3. Asmir Begovic, Stoke City (9 clean sheets in 25 matches, 30 conceded (75))

Taking the above said it is hardly surprising that recent speculations have linked Asmir Begovic with a move to Man Utd. Fergie has an eye for goalkeepers (although ever and again he signs flops like Massimo Taibi), and the fact that he seriously considers signing Begovic as a replacement to hugely talented yet unsuitable for tough Premier League style of football David De Gea speaks volumes.

Begovic struggled as a starter during the previous season however he has been improving significantly ever since, and his current statistics speaks for itself. He has not conceded a goal in 1/3 of his appearances and is currently touted as one of the best Premier League goalkeepers.
Despite all the above said Begovic is hugely underrated goalkeeper in Footballtop.com rating. He holds 159th place which does not reflect his actual ability.


4. Simone Mignolet, Sunderland (9 clean sheets in 25 matches, 33 conceded (68))

Mignolet was dubbed as a rising star by the football experts since he became Sunderland number one in 2010. He certainly has what it takes to become one of the top Premier League goalkeepers: he is good at shot stopping and commanding the area, has excellent goalkeeping reflexes. Sometimes he is mistake-prone (especially in big games), but he is only 24 year-old and just needs to mature and develop more consistency.
Mignolet has made his international debut in 2011 and has already made 12 appearances for the Belgium national team. He should be their first-choice goalkeeper for years to come.

He has been voted 94th best goalie by Footballtop.com readers.


5. Hugo Lloris (7 clean sheets in 15 matches, 13 conceded (104))

Despite the fact Lloris is a newcomer to a Premier League, he has managed to establish himself as a key Tottenham player. At first André Villas-Boas was reluctant to include him in the starting XI, preferring to play him in Europa League. Nevertheless Lloris clearly impressed his boss when he was given an opportunity (he has made first Premier League appearance against Aston Villa on 7 October 2012) and has become an indispensable member of the squad since then. He possesses stunning reflexes is quick off his line and organized the back line well.

At 25, Lloris is the captain of France national team and has made more than 200 appearances in Ligue 1. Lloris currently holds 26th position in the Footballtop.com goalkeepers’ rating.


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Author: Basil Naumov

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