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English Premier League best goalkeepers this season.

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Here is the list of English Premier League best goalkeepers in four main categories.

Shot stoppers Goalkeepers

3.Illan Meslier- Leeds

Illan Meslier has made 115 saves this season, which is higher than any other goalkeeper this season. This tally stands at a 71.07% save rate with 72 of the shots coming from inside the penalty box

The 21 years Leeds goalkeeper has made only 5 errors leading to opposition attempted shots. 

He has played a key role in Marcelo Bielsa’s team and at 21 years, he is still learning his trade.

2. Nick Pope- Burnley

 With Burnley FC known for their substance rather than their style of play, the 28 years Nick Pope comes in handy as a shot-stopper goalkeeper. 

Nick boasts a 75.94 save percentage in over 500 minutes played which place him second among goalkeepers

He has managed 398 saves this season a stat that doesn’t give room for much questioning attracting interest from number of European clubs.

  1. Emiliano Martinez- Aston villa

Emiliano Martinez has flourished ever since he Joined Aston Villa from Arsenal.

Martinez has faced 372 shots in the Premier League this season, which is the sixth-highest tally.

He has managed a 76.56% in terms of percentage saves, ranking him top among goalkeepers who have managed over 500 minutes of play.

With 14 clean-sheets in his name, he is just 2 less shy of Machester City’s goalkeeper Ederson who stands at 16.

His brilliant performance has seen his team at the top half of the table, having survived relegation by a small margin last season.

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Busiest Goalkeepers

  1. Vicente Guaita-Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace has conceded 47 goals this season, which is the fifth-highest number of goals in the Premier League. 

 Vicente Guaita has been subjected to 404 shots, which is the third-highest number of shots among English top-flight goalkeepers. 

XGTC approximates that Guaita should have allowed 38.31 goals this season. With his actual goal conceded standing at 47, it indicates that the 34-year-old has conceded a few soft goals this season. 

It again becomes hard to criticize him too heavily considering how much he has worked.

2. Illan Meslier – Leeds

The Leeds goalkeeper has faced the second-highest number of shots and the most shots from inside the box in the Premier League this season.

A total of 9 clean sheets is an impressive record that indicates his high save rate.

1. Sam Johnstone-West Brom

Sam has faced the highest number of shots in the Premier League. He has also conceded a total of 57 goals which is the highest number conceded by any Premier League goalkeeper this season.

Like his Leeds counterpart, Meslier, Sam has made 115 changes at a rate of 67.07% and conceded 55 goals. 

While stemming the flow behind the Premier League’s leakiest defense, Sam has been able to earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England team.

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Sweeper goalkeepers

3. David de Gea

Though he isn’t quite as reliable as he once was, David de Gea remains one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League on his day, and one of the most proactive. The Spaniard has averaged 0.43 ‘keeper sweeper regains* per 90 minutes so far this season, ranking him third among Premier League goalkeeper. De Gea has been successful with all 10 of his ‘keeper sweeper regains so far, mopping up admirably behind Harry Maguire and Co.

2.Alisson-Liverpool

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One of the main reasons Jurgen Klopp moved heaven and earth to sign Alisson Becker was to have a proactive and reliable goalkeeper who would allow him to push his defensive line further forward, thus increasing dominance in the opposition half and allowing an even more effective high-press. Alisson has attempted the second-highest number of ‘keeper sweeper regains (20) among Premier League goalies this season, at a success rate of 95%. Mistakes have crept into his game this season, but that has coincided with a monumental loss of form from an injury-crippled Liverpool. There’s no doubting Alisson remains among the best goalkeepers in the world.

1. Nick Pope- Burnley.

Just as he’s been one of the best shot-stoppers in England this season, Pope has also been incredibly effective when coming off his line. The 28-year-old has attempted a league-high 26 ‘keeper sweeper regains this season at a success rate of 96.15%, completing 0.89 per 90 minutes. There’s a lot to admire about Sean Dyche’s defensive organization, but there’s no denying he leans heavily upon his goalkeeper to make Burnley hard to beat.

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Ball players goalkeepers.

3.Alisson-Liverpool

Another reason Liverpool replaced the likes of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet with Alisson was to allow Klopp’s side to play out from the back, helping them match Manchester City in becoming a possession-dominant side. The Brazilian is a master in this department, completing the fifth-highest number of passes (597) among Premier League keepers, while he has the highest pass accuracy of the lot at 84.56%.

2.Edouard Mendy-Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga was supposed to be Chelsea’s answer to the new ball-playing goalkeeper craze but following his very expensive failure, the club turned to the more budget-friendly option of Edouard Mendy. The Senegal international has certainly fit the bill so far, having completed the fourth-highest number of passes (615) among Premier League keepers while maintaining the second-best accuracy (83.67%). Aside from his ball-playing, Mendy is second only to Ederson (16) in terms of clean sheets (14), ensuring the collective blood pressure of the Chelsea fanbase has slowly come down as 2020/21 has gone on.

  1. Ederson- Manchester City

Given just how immense Alisson’s all-round game is, you can see why the Liverpool man keeps Ederson out of Brazil starting XI more often than not. But when it comes to ball-playing, Ederson is not just unmatched in the Premier League, but arguably in the world.

“With his feet, he is the best,” his manager, former Barcelona, and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, said in February. “The quality of the pass, I would say, is the best.

“Manuel [Neuer] and Victor [Valdés] were incredible, too, but [Ederson’s] quality of the pass is the best.”

The 27-year-old ranks third in the English top-flight for both passes completed (636) and pass accuracy (81.54%) this season, knocking the ball around with his center-backs as if he were a deep-lying playmaker. Even more remarkable is that Ederson provided an assist during a 3-0 win over Tottenham earlier this season, his second in the competition since he joined City back in 2017 and drawing him just two behind the competition record for a goalkeeper.

It’s also worth noting that Meslier has had more touches (1,269) and completed more passes (684) than any other Premier League goalkeeper, and is fourth, only behind the three stoppers mentioned here in terms of accuracy (80.47%), so he could easily be pushed into the top three for this category. Arsenal’s Bernd Leno also deserves an honorable mention

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