The nature of football has changed over the past few seasons. It seems to be all about attack, attack, attack.
However, the Premier League is still full of top class goalkeepers, who keep their sides in games.
Let’s take a look at the top five in the Premier League, based on both current form and the ability to maintain a strong start to the season over the course of a gruelling campaign.
Fabianski has made strong start at Swansea
5. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur – He is a top, top goalkeeper on his day. One of the finest shot stoppers around and has produced a number of incredible reaction saves.
However, Lloris’ downfall is that he can be far too keen on being a sweeper keeper. He can find himself vulnerable in crossing situations and can often get caught under the ball.
4. Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City – Managed to find a Premier League club after moving away from Arsenal in the summer, with Swansea taking the Polish stopper on a free transfer. Fabianski has been in outstanding form this season, with the most saves in the entire league.
De Gea or Courtois in the top spot?
Although, Fabianski’s move may have gave him a first team opportunity, he is a long way off being a world class goalkeeper. This is simply because he will not play in a big side and get the attention he deserves for his performances.
3. Joe Hart, Manchester City – When Hart burst onto the scene four years ago, many believed he would go on and be the best in the world. Well, currently he is a long way behind Manuel Neuer, but then who isn’t?
However, Hart is a clear leader and bosses his defence well. The one area of Hart’s game that needs some work is his consistency. He looks as though this season, he looks more confident and in control than ever before.
2. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea – Many will be surprised to see Courtois at number two. Yes, the young Belgian superstar has looked impressive, however we have not seen enough of him.
Playing behind that dominant Chelsea defence means that Courtois is not seeing enough of the ball, which is of course a huge plus point for Blues boss Jose Mourinho. When he is called into action, the kid looks good, but just how good is unknown as of yet.
1. David De Gea, Manchester United – Through United’s turbulent start to the season, De Gea has been the only consistent performer. In a league which has been all about scoring goals to win games, De Gea has re-written the rules.
His saves late on against Everton held onto United’s lead. His saves against Arsenal kept the scores level. But against Liverpool, he seemed to steal the show altogether, denying Liverpool five clear cut chances. Without a doubt De Gea has come of age this season.