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Top six: Premier League's best goalkeepers

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Begovic is among the league's best goalkeepers (©GettyImages)
Begovic is among the league's best goalkeepers (©GettyImages).

The Premier League has some of the finest goalkeeping talent in Europe - but here are my top six goalkeepers currently playing in the top tier of English football.

Joe Hart
After such a fantastic 2011/2012 season, in which he was influential in Manchester City's title winning campaign, with a string on fantastic performances in between the posts.

Hart boasts fantastic reflexes, great shot stopping ability, and has fantastic speed off of his line, which makes him a formidable presence in the one on one situations.

Last season, he struggled to replicate his fantastic form of the previous campaign, and made a few blunders which did cause his team goals.

It is worth noting that Hart has won the Premier League Golden Glove for the last three seasons, with Manchester City demonstrating that they have arguably the best defence in the league. 

Simon Mignolet
Mignolet's outstanding form for Sunderland last season alerted him to some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, and he was eventually signed by Liverpool, as the long-term replacement for Pepe Reina.

Mignolet is an excellent shot stopper, a very vocal organiser of his defence, and like Hart, very quick off of his line.

Asmir Begovic
Referred to by his old manager, Tony Pulis as "the best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season", and judging by his recent performance against Liverpool on the opening day of the season, he could be right.

Begovic displays fantastic reflexes, strong handling, and seems to be a solid, world class goalkeeper.

If his fantastic form continues throughout this season, it would seem inevitable that it is only a matter of time before one of the top European clubs sign him.

Jussi Jääskeläinen
Jääskeläinen has been one of the most consistent  goalkeepers in the Premier League for the last 17 years, and even as he reaches the final years of his career, he shows no indications that he is on the decline.

Despite being 38 years old, Jääskeläinen is still a terrific shot stopper, with sharp reflexes and a strong presence in between the posts. Jääskeläinen made 166 saves last season, more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League.

Petr Cech
Cech has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League since his arrival in 2004, and recently has looked to be maturing as he reaches the peak years of his career.

Cech has a fantastic shot stopping ability, is strong in one on one situations, and has good reflexes.

After his career threatening head injury in 2006, question marks were raised over his ability to claim crosses, and save one on ones, although in the last season, he seems to have improved on these aspects of his game.

He very rarely succumbs to errors, but can be slow off of his line, due to his imposing frame. 

Hugo Lloris
Lloris is relatively new to the Premier League, having only joined Spurs from Lyon last season, but is slowly making an impression.

In his last season in France, he was fantastic, and was in the top five best goalkeepers in World football, but has yet to replicate this form in England.

Lloris has incredible reflexes, tremendous shot stopping abilities, and is one of the quickest goalkeepers off of his line in world football.

If Villas-Boas has intentions of pushing Spurs for a title challenge, Lloris' performances may well be a huge contributing factor in their success this season. 

Which goalkeeper do you believe to be the best in the league? Comment below.


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