Goalkeepers are a rare breed.
So much can rely on their performances and the Premier League has certainly generated its fair share of top class ‘keepers, ranging from foreign imports to home-grown talents.
Some of the Premier League’s most pivotal moments have come from the save of an inspiring goalie, with a whole host of previous title winners normally reliant on a class stopper between the sticks.
Here, we take a look at some of the best the Premier League has ever seen, with the latest football odds for this transfer window available here: https://www.betfair.com/exchange/plus/football/market/1.145814072
David de Gea
The current Manchester United no.1 has been a cut above the rest since signing in 2011. Although he was shaky at first, De Gea has quickly established himself as one of the league’s finest keepers. Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, De Gea has single-handily kept United in a number of games and his reputation has continued to blossom.
At the age of 28, De Gea still has some of his best years ahead of him and despite a slight blip throughout the 2018 World Cup, he remains arguably the world’s best goalkeeper. United will need to return the glory days to Old Trafford soon, though, or De Gea will likely seek the trophies his performances deserve elsewhere.
With 140 Premier League clean sheets to his name, David Seaman remains one of the finest goalkeepers England’s top flight has ever seen. The Arsenal legend won two Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time at Highbury, as well as the First Division title and European Cup Winners Cup.
Seaman has had his hairy moments, though, famously beaten by Nayim from inside his own half during the Cup Winners Cup Final and from a Ronaldinho freekick during the 2002 World Cup. But he pulled off arguably the best save in English football when he somehow clawed out Paul Peschisolido’s header in an FA Cup semi-final in 2003.
Petr Cech made an instant impact when he signed for Chelsea in 2004, keeping a then-record ten consecutive clean sheets during the 2004/05 campaign. The Czech stopper quickly became an integral part of the Blues’ trophy-laden spell throughout the noughties and has kept 202 Premier League clean sheets, a current record.
Cech spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge and is widely considered Chelsea’s best ever goalkeeper, and it’s hard to disagree. The former Rennes man has lost his way slightly since signing for Arsenal, but he is certainly one of the finest keepers to grace the Premier League.
Perhaps the pinnacle of Premier League goalkeepers, Peter Schmeichel was a colossal figure for United during the 1990s. Often the hero, Schmeichel was as commanding as goalkeepers come and he was certainly one of the most vocal.
Schmeichel had the passion and fearlessness which struck fear into opposing strikers, and he wasn’t afraid to score a goal himself, either, notching nine in his entire career. The Danish legend spent eight glorious years at Old Trafford, keeping 128 clean sheets and winning five Premier League titles and three FA Cups.