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Thibaut Courtois still has the upper hand on David de Gea

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been nothing short of sensational for the Blues so far this season, but continues to receive rather limited praise compared to his Manchester United counterpart David de Gea.

Belgian news outlet HLN has sought to make sure the quietly commanding Courtois doesn't go unnoticed though, publishing a report which shows he's yet to drop a single cross this season amongst a litany of stats that shows he's a Premier League superstar i the making.

Courtois has enjoyed a 100% success rate when it comes to claiming crosses, a hugely impressive statistic he shares with De Gea. The Spanish stopper has only had to deal with 12 high balls into the box though, which is small fry compared to the 51 Courtois has swatted aside in 16 Premier League appearances to date.

De Gea's displays have caught the eye

There's no question that De Gea has proved his quality this season, with a string of fantastic saves the driving force behind United's seven-match unbeaten run.

The 24-year-old can lay claim to the title of the Premier League's number one goalkeeper after a tremendous first half of the season, but Courtois also has to be in that conversation after taking Petr Cech's place at Chelsea with an authority well beyond his 22 years.

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Which top young stopper would you choose?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's decision to bring Courtois back from Atletico Madrid this summer looks a masterstoke at this stage, with the Belgian international building on momentum carried over from winning La Liga last season.

The battle between Courtois and De Gea is one that could run for years to come given the quality both young men possess, giving their fellow professionals a huge headache when it comes to the goalkeeper in the PFA team of the season at the end of the current campaign.

Courtois of course has the benefit of a vastly superior and experienced backline in front of him at Stamford Bridge, but even so the unnerving calm he's brought to his work at Chelsea deserves at least equal recognition to the match-winning efforts De Gea has delivered consistently in recent months.

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Thibaut Courtois
David de Gea
Chelsea
Manchester United
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