The Premier league is saturated with quality attacking players and has been blessed with some of the greatest strikers in the world.

Goalkeepers have been trusted with the job of being the last defence of keeping these attacks at bay; sometimes a team is only as good as their man between the sticks.

So who has impressed this season?

David de Gea | Manchester United

The PFA Team of the Year goalkeeper has certainly improved on his first season with United; he has really looked good in the big occasions such as Manchester United's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

But the young Spaniard is shrouded with inconsistency, which played a key part in his fight for the number one shirt with Anders Lindegaard in the seasons early months. De Gea is certainly an exciting long-term prospect, but for now needs to patch up a few errors which spoil his show stopping big-match performances.

Petr Cech | Chelsea

It has certainly been an eventful season at Stamford Bridge, with more managerial changes, crowd rebellion and failing to defend their Champions League crown past the group stages.

But at least they know they have a solid shot-stopper who is ready for anything the opposite team can throw at him. After a slightly disappointing Euro 2012 for the Czech Republic captain he was obviously keen to impress again for Chelsea, which he has done in a injury-plagued season.

Cech has even captained the Blues as John Terry and Frank Lampard continue to be phased out, while his outstanding save against Manchester United's Javier Hernandez in their FA Cup replay will remain one of the greatest ever.

Cech may have a fight on his hands for his position though as returning young Belgian Thibaut Courtois has also impressed on loan at Atletico Madrid and he has made his intensions clear of taking the number one shirt off Cech.

Asmir Begovic | Stoke City

Manchester United were interested in this guy in January and Tony Pulis has said" "No one could afford Begovic". He has played in every single Stoke game in the league this season, making 181 saves in 35 appearances and keeping 12 clean sheets.

However, Stoke still find themselves in a relegation scrap. I can't see Begovic going down with Stoke if they are relegated, or indeed staying if they aren't. He is a very sought-after player and Jack Butland is on his way from Birmingham in the summer.

Julio Cesar | QPR

QPR are going down this season, but Cesar isn't one of the players going with them. After following his desire to play in the Premier League and joining QPR he has been almost unbeatable in some circumstances. The Brazilian is always ready to most the most acrobatic of saves and it is clear why he wanted all over Europe.

Others worth a mention:

Jussi Jaaskelainen | West Ham
Mark Schwarzer | Fulham
Simon Mignolet | Sunderland
Hugo Lloris | Tottenham
Ben Foster | West Brom


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