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Comparison between Top Four Goalkeepers of Premier League

Here is a brief Comparison between Top 4 Goalkeepers of Premier League including David De Gea of Manchester United, Joe Hart of Manchester City, Szczesny of Arsenal and Friedel of Tottenham Hotspurs. The stats are taken from Opta stats.

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ProjectVulcan3701d ago (Edited 3701d ago )

De Gea is king of the stats.....not quite the best yet though even i wouldn't claim that.

But he has gotten better and if that continues he certainly will be inside a couple years. He looked real handy in the friendlies so far. Expecting a strong second season from him now the heat is off a bit.

Corepred43701d ago

King of stats?! What the...! lol Dude played 9 games less than everyone else and to help boost his little stats. I still don't see De Gea to be top with Hart or the rest. But then again, maybe it's just cause I'm spoiled! =P haha

ProjectVulcan3701d ago (Edited 3701d ago )

A great deal of those stats are percentages and worked on a per game or situation basis which means it does not matter if he played 9 games less, as long as he played more than a couple of games. Which he did. He played most. The fact he played less but still has the clean sheets and saves etc goes against the idea fewer games has artificially boosted these all in his favour.

De Gea is still extremely young but the stats here say he has done a pretty good job so far, and assuredly will only improve. He has been impressive pre season. I believe he can go onto great things, in time. Much of the assets needed are in place.

Corepred43701d ago

So you're saying De Gea playing less games doesn't help increase his clean sheet percentage and goals conceded?

ProjectVulcan3701d ago (Edited 3701d ago )

Its helps keep his goals conceded down. But thats just one stat. It doesn't really help his clean sheet percentage no. Manchester United kept the most clean sheets of any club, Lindegaard kept 6 besides.

He would almost certainly have the most clean sheets if he had played all games, he would probably have plenty more saves...that stat would surely go up too along with all the other counts like catches or punches. The fact that his stats are high (having to save shots and such) with 9 games less means one thing, Manchester United's defence was not fantastic but the goalkeepers clearly were pretty good to keep the clean sheets.

But it is still exactly as i said. All the stats worked out on percentages mean playing a bit less is virtually irrelevant to them

Kos-Mos3700d ago

It's like saying playing less shooter games than your competitors gives you a better kill/death ratio. Your point is not well thought.

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Gamer19823700d ago

LOL jking of stats 29 games played and 29 goals conceded. Joint with Joe who also played 38 games. He only just edged joe out in clean sheets by.10% but that's unfair based on amount of games played. Hes no way near Joes level right now and lets be honest here Joe didnt have much to do last season thanks to Citys defence. Look at the stats like interceptions you can't make any if the balls always in your opponents half!

BelieveinGhosts3701d ago

Wow, this is extremely surprising. I expected Cech to be the best keeper but it seems De Gea is numero uno. Reina should also be on this list because he is a great keeper too.

The English media just wanted to destroy de Gea's career even before it had begun. They had an agenda to prove that La liga keepers couldnt handle the physicality of the EPL. Even Referees were in on this aswell because they allowed players to get away with unncessary challenges on De Gea.

I believe that De Gea will be a better keeper than Van Der sar in just 4 years but i am not sure that he can reach Neuer/casillas/Buffon/valdes because they are the best Goal Keepers currently.

And dont tell me that Valdes is not a great Goal keeper because it only shows your lack of football knowledge outside the UK. Watch a Whole season of la Liga to see why he is ahead of Reina in the Spain Squad

RGB3700d ago (Edited 3700d ago )

De Gea is far from being a world class keeper. He wasn't brilliant most of the season last, he was hopeless for Spain in the Olympics (yes hopeless, 1 decent save, 2 cheap goals conceded). Years away from being Spanish #1, possibly 8 years or more and that depends on talent coming also.

Valdes will never be Spanish #1. People say he's great for Barca, any keeper is great for Barca. Then again, look at Real's 2-1 win and Chelsea's semi goals, Valdes was beyond poor. Lets not even talk about his international caps (none existent), first appeared 10 years to the date of Casillas' first although they're roughly the same age. He's also had 0 clean sheets in major games for his nation thus far.

Neuer had a great start to his season last year, that taped away fast. No trophies and was beaten regularly towards the end, especially in the Euros.

Buffon had a pretty decent season but crumble on the big stage again. Without Zidane's idiotic headbutt, it safe to say he wouldn't be a world champion right now.

Hugo Lloris was looking to be something special, but being at Lyon doesn't help his case. He hasn't proven himself enough at the top end of European and world football.

Joe Hart is looking at being the next best keeper, England's best player by far also but that doesn't say much at the moment. He's much better than most but still isn't anywhere near the best...

...and the best being Casillas.

Although Casillas didn't have the best season going, winning the league (against Barca) and the Euro with 5 clean sheets in 6 games shows he's still the best by miles.

Without Casillas, Spain would of been eliminated in the quarters during the 2008 Euros. He saved 2 penalties earning Spain a 4-2 win against Italy on penalties. He also made critical saves in the remaining games.

Robben was on goal twice against Spain during the World Cup final in 2010. 1 on 1 situations both times, Casillas saved both times. With a lesser keeper, Spain could of been down 2-0 against 10 men.

Finally He held his own in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal and cruised to a perfect knock-out clean sheet record.

He's won everything at club level (minus Europa League), He's won everything at nation level (youth & senior level minus FIFA Confederations Cup) and has the most clean sheets in the least game appearances for any goalkeeper ever. A record 80 clean sheets in his 137 appearances, that's only 57 goals conceded. 137 games is nearly 3.66 league seasons. One last stat, first player ever to achieve 100/+ wins internationally.

He's the most decorated goalkeeper ever;

Bravo Award: 2000
La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2000
UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Zamora Trophy: 2007–08
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012
ESM Team of the Year: 2008
FIFA/FIFPro World XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
FIFA/FIFPro World's Best Goalkeeper: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
FIFA World Cup Golden Glove: 2010
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010

Only missing European footballer of the year and Ballon d’Or. Lets be honestly, only one keeper has won these awards in over 50 years. These awards just ain't won by keepers which is a joke as keepers have the hardest job in the game.

Additionally, expect to add a few more individuals awards on to his list before the year is out, I'd say 4 at least, if not more.