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Top five: Premier League 'keepers

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Here GMS gives you the low-down on five of the best goalkeepers currently plying their trade in the Premier League.

5. Brad Guzan

The Aston Villa 'keeper has played brilliantly recently, despite his side’s recent poor form.

Guzan is 29, but has only burst onto the scene in the last two seasons. However, his great reactions and strength have certainly made him a force to be reckoned with between the posts for Villa.

The American played well against Everton last weekend, despite his side losing 2-0 to two high-quality goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman.

Apart from the goals, Guzan had an excellent game, making some amazing stops to keep his side in the match.

Brad Guzan will be a key player this season for Aston Villa, as they look to avoid another relegation battle come the end of the campaign.

4. David de Gea

De Gea might be the youngest keeper on this list, but that certainly hasn't prevented him from fully asserting himself as Manchester United’s number-one over the past two seasons, with some great form.

In particular, De Gea’s performance against Stoke last week earned him plaudits, including United manager David Moyes.

He made several wonderful reaction stops to keep United in the game, enabling them to make a dramatic comeback from 2-1 down, eventually taking a 3-2 victory.

Having recently been targeted by Barcelona, De Gea is now set to receive a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2018.

However, the icing on the cake for the 22 year-old Spaniard will surely be a £15,000 pay rise from the Red Devils, a deserved reward for his excellent performances.

3. Wojciech Szczęsny

At just 23, Szczęsny is at the top of his game, playing brilliantly for Arsenal, who currently top the table on 19 points from their first 9 games.

The Gunners took a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at the weekend, with
Szczęsny making a stunning save to deny Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak - tipping the Australian’s stinging volley over the crossbar.

However, Szczęsny must not become  complacent as a result of his and Arsenal’s great start to the season.

If he does he will return to making the mistakes he made in the last couple of campaigns, which were inconsistent for the young Pole.

Szczęsny will be a key part of an Arsenal team who, according to pundits, don’t have what it takes to win the title due to their lack of quality and urgency without the ball, but Szczęsny could prove them wrong if he carries his good form through the rest of the season.


2. Petr Cech

The most experienced name on this list, Petr Cech is a name that fans will simply never grow tired of hearing.

The 31 year-old from the Czech Republic has been playing as Chelsea’s first-choice 'keeper for nine seasons now, ever since he made a seven million pound transfer from French outfit Rennes in 2004.

Cech has performed solidly this season, making a few eye-catching saves in the league and Europe, including a great stop from Kevin Prince-Boateng in Chelsea’s last
match against German outfit Schalke.

Cech’s experience will surely benefit a team who, with the return of ‘The Special One’ this
season, look like serious title contenders. 


1. Artur Boruc

Now for the surprise package, but is it really that surprising? Artur Boruc is the oldest player on this list of the Premier League’s best keepers, but his outstanding form with Southampton so far this season proves that age shouldn’t be a barrier for any top-quality footballer.


The stats don’t lie either, Southampton have conceded the fewest goals of any team in the league - just three in their opening nine matches - and this is in large part due to the strong, athletic style of Polish stopper Boruc. 

Undoubtedly, this season is a major career revival for a keeper who was previously a club legend at Celtic, before moving to Serie A side Fiorentina.

On current form, the Saints look like marching into Europe, but Boruc and his teammates must remain realistic to ensure a successful campaign.

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