The Premier League is undoubtedly full of impressive goalkeeping talent. Here, I countdown the six best 'keepers in the English top-flight...
The veteran Chelsea goalkeeper has been solid and efficient at the back for his club since he arrived in 2004. Although he had a tentative start to last season, he has since regained his form - something he will have to do if he is to keep Thibault Courtois, the promising 21-year-old currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, from taking his place.
He thoroughly deserves a place in the best Premier League goalkeepers of all time list, as did his great rival Edwin van der Sar, and he still has a few years ahead of him with the London side.
The French 'keeper, currently playing at White Hart Lane for Tottenham, was already held in high regard while at Lyon, but his stock has risen further since arriving in London and he had little trouble in taking the starting slot away from Brad Friedel in his first season at the club. At the age of 26, he still has many years in front of him and could become exceptional if he works of his precision on long passes and his capacity to keep a cool head.
David de Gea
Coming in for Van der Sar, arguably the best keeper ever to play in the Premier League, has not been easy for De Gea, but, after a hesitant start to his time in a United shirt, he has grown into the role, improving his all-round game such as his physical strength which had been a problem for him when dealing with corners. He is also an excellent shot stopper and can still improve his quality.
Despite his undeniable potential, Hart remains a worryingly unreliable keeper, something Manchester City will have been working on extensively. Of all the players on this list, he is probably the one who has the most to work on from a concentration point of view, as his many blunders for club and country have jeopardised his position in the England team. While the lack of competition for his spot in a City shirt will do nothing to motivate him, he is still a quality 'keeper who has earned his spot on this list.
It is never easy replacing a popular goalkeeper but Mignolet has done an excellent job of filling the hole left by Pepe Reina’s move to Napoli. For the first half of Liverpool’s first match of the season against Stoke, the Belgian international looked shaky and unreliable and flapped at several crosses he should have caught. However, he managed to pull himself together and played a crucial role in the eventual victory, saving a penalty and staying strong at the end of the match.
Perhaps a surprise choice for this list, Guzan has been, along with Christian Benteke, one of the two players who saved Aston Villa’s future in the Premier League last season, bailing out his inexperienced back line when they struggled to cope with quality sides. It is significant to remember that in Villa’s 8-0 demolition by Chelsea last season, their keeper was still their best player, stopping what could have turned into their worst ever defeat if they hadn’t had such a good goalkeeper. He also provides experience, something that his team lacked but seems to have gained at the start of this campaign.
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