David de Gea has come under fire for his Manchester United performances in recent days.
Although almost every player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad was slammed during the Everton defeat, it also marked the latest round of criticism for their number one.
There can be no disputing the fact that De Gea - as one of the best goalkeepers in the world - has slipped below his exceptional standards and mistakes are starting to creep in.
De Gea was at fault for Lionel Messi's second goal during the defeat at Barcelona, before reacting incredibly slowly to Gylfi Sigurdsson's long-range strike on Merseyside.
The collapse at Everton saw United surpass their worst defensive season in the Premier League and saw De Gea concede more goals from outside the box than any of his peers in 2019.
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De Gea's shaky form
All that considered, it's easy to see why the 28-year-old has been questioned and especially when reports suggest he's playing hardball over a new contract.
However, just how poor has De Gea performed compared to other Premier League goalkeepers?
Besides, for all his debatable moments, the United man is never too far away from making a remarkable save and his incredible stop from Michail Antonio last week is proof of that.
Most errors leading to goals
Well, one of the best ways to compare Premier League shot stoppers is by comparing the amount of 'errors leading to goals' they've produced throughout the campaign.
The competition's official website allows fans to do just that and the Opta statistics show that De Gea has only dropped two substantial clangers.
That's certainly not ideal, but is far from serious when you compare him to players like Asmir Begovic and Jordan Pickford who have been far more costly for their teams.
So, all that considered, check out the rankings below:
1. Asmir Begovic - 5
2. Jordan Pickford - 4
=3. Alisson Becker - 3
=3. Martin Dubravka - 3
=3. Bernd Leno - 3
=6. David de Gea - 2
=6. Ben Hamer - 2
=6. Sergi Rico - 2
As you can imagine, there's a substantial number of goalkeepers sitting on one mistake, so we won't count through the whole group that includes Hugo Lloris and Ben Foster amongst others.
It's certainly interesting to note that Alisson - who has amassed the most clean sheets this season - has actually produced more errors than the recently maligned De Gea.
Of course, in spite of the statistics, Alisson has enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign at Anfield but if we're talking about mistakes, he should be held to account just like his United equivalent.
Leno also makes an appearance in the 'top' five, while the goalkeepers of relegated clubs Hamer and Rico are perhaps understandably further down the list.
There's a natural subjectivity to what's classed as a mistake but as far as the Premier League are concerned, De Gea is more reliable than Alisson. Debate settled.
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