Premier League keepers ranked: Jordan Pickford breaches top five
We’ve used stats to rank the Prem keepers and the numbers highlight how important Alisson has been for Liverpool.
Courtesy of the wonderful FBREF we’ve used the PSxG minus goals allowed metric to rank the top-flight stoppers. ‘What the f*** is that?’ you might reasonably ask…
Post-shot expected goals is expected goals based on how likely the goalkeeper is to save the shot. When the number of goals they have conceded is subtracted, we are left with the figures below. FBREF explains that positive numbers suggest better luck or an above-average ability to stop shots. We’ve included only those goalkeepers with eight or more appearances.
1) Alisson (Liverpool): +10.2
Five Premier League clean sheets on the bounce were followed by a goal conceded against Bournemouth from just two shots on target.
2) Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea): +5.3
Was poor v Everton but he is still very much in credit for the season and still somehow boasts the best save percentage.
3) Bernd Leno (Fulham): +4.4
Leno was always too good to sit on Arsenal’s bench and the German has been a very astute purchase for Fulham as they embark on a European push that absolutely no one saw coming. And he’s a busy boy in that Fulham goal.
4) Neto (Bournemouth): +3.6
Since signing for Bournemouth from Barcelona in August, Neto has brought some reliability to a goal where previously there was little. The contrast there between him and Mark Travers is stark. Conceded three goals v Aston Villa and still somehow ended up in credit.
5) Jordan Pickford (Everton): +2.3
Has been largely excellent for an oft-rotten Everton side this season.
6) David Raya (Brentford): +2.6
More saves than any other keeper in the Premier League. They really have got this so right.
7) Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal): +1.3
Back in the green for the Gunners after six consecutive Premier League wins.
8) Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham): +1.2
The Hammers keeper really cannot be blamed for the sh*t-show happening in front of him.
9) Nick Pope (Newcastle): +1.2
Pope was one of the signings of the summer for only £10million from Burnley but his numbers have taken a hit in recent, nervy weeks.
10) Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace): +1.1
Tried to single-handedly save Palace from a relegation battle v Manchester City but ultimately failed.
11) Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa): -0.3
Best keeper in the world? Martinez evidently thinks so. The stats beg to strongly disagree. Which is frankly hilarious.
12) Edouard Mendy (Chelsea): -0.3
One of Thomas Tuchel’s last acts was to drop Mendy and Graham Potter has seen no reason to bring back the Senegal stopper. He looked great when he first signed – perhaps because he was a relatively safe pair of hands compared to when Kepa was chucking them in – but Potter seems to prefer the Spaniard’s all-round game, which means an extended stay on the sidelines for Mendy.
13) Robert Sanchez (Brighton): -1.9
Spanish Bob forced his way into the national team reckoning with his form after becoming the Brighton No.1, but has he really maintained those levels? Last season, he finished with a PSxG of -1.1.
14) Hugo Lloris (Tottenham): -2.3
After 145 caps, for the first time in almost 15 years, France have to think about a future without their No.1. That day is surely coming for Spurs too, even if the 36-year-old has a couple of years remaining on his deal, with no-one making more errors that have led to goals this season. Currently injured, his deputy Fraser Forster is on -1.0 so that looks like an improvement.
15) Jose Sa (Wolves): -3.7
Conceding four goals from four shots on target v Leeds is sub-optimal.
16) David de Gea (Manchester United): -3.8
He was by no means the only problem, but conceding seven goals from eight on-target shots from Liverpool meant he was very much part of the capitulation. But then he was excellent v Southampton.
17) Ederson (Manchester City): -4.1
Ederson remains the ideal goalkeeper for Manchester City but still some way from being the perfect goalkeeper. City play a high line, like Liverpool, but Ederson is rather more rash than his compatriot Alisson when it comes to dealing with one-versus-ones and his save percentage stats put him in the relegation zone with conspicuous strugglers Mark Travers and Gavin Bazunu. Still, if that’s the price for Ederson’s passing and composure in possession, Pep Guardiola is clearly willing to pay.
18) Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest): -4.1
“I didn’t really want the manager to see me in training because I knew he’d probably want to keep me,” said Henderson about United boss Erik ten Hag. The Forest loanee presumably hopes he doesn’t see his stats too.
19) Danny Ward (Leicester): -5.5
Conceded eight goals in his last four Premier League games as Leicester have returned to the relegation fight.
20) Illan Meslier (Leeds): -6.2
Leeds fans love Meslier, and plenty of other clubs are apparently watching the young Frenchman, but his numbers aren’t great. Last season, he finished with a PSxG of -16.2, so you could argue that this term has brought about an improvement, with Leeds’ defence protecting him marginally better.
21) Mark Travers (Bournemouth): -6.9
The numbers look even worse for Travers. He has the lowest saves percentage in the Premier League at 51.7%, compared to his rival for Bournemouth’s gloves, Neto, who is second behind only Kepa.
22) Gavin Bazunu (Southampton): -12.1
Maybe the Southampton goal is no place for a youngster this season. Bazunu was superb for Portsmouth in League One last year but the step up to the Premier League has been a big one for the Republic of Ireland stopper.
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