To mark the launch of our new FORZA goalkeeper gloves, find out who we rate as the Premier League’s best last line of defence from the past decade…
While the big money deals of the January transfer window might still be a few weeks away, Net World Sports is delighted to unveil the latest signings to our FORZA football equipment range.
Enhancing our superstar squad of garden, training and match-day football goalposts, footballs, essential ground equipment, and top training gear, are three new additions in the shape of our fantastic FORZA goalkeeper gloves.
If you’re an up-and-coming custodian looking for the best junior goalkeeping gloves on a budget, the FORZA Sicuro is a no-brainer of a transfer deal for your team. Their durable latex palm guarantees grip even in the wettest conditions, and while they’re great for young goalies, they’re also available in a range of adult sizes, so Sunday League stoppers can catch themselves a bargain too.
Next up are the FORZA Centro, designed for stoppers with aspirations for the top. With an eye-catching cyan, white, and black colour-scheme that will leave you looking as cool as Manuel Neuer, these gloves for goalkeepers fit snugly to shot-stopping hands and come with fingerspine protection to ensure those clean sheets aren’t accompanied by any costly injuries. Again, these goalie gloves are a great catch for youth or senior savers alike.
Finally, if you’re a goalkeeper serious about being the best number one #1 you can possibly be, the elite level FORZA Mondo is at the pinnacle of goalkeeper equipment. Their 4mm thick latex UltiGrip palm is designed for optimum grip when catching shots or crosses, while added thickness latex on its backhand, combined with a Flexfit rubber punch zone, guarantees maximum distance when batting those high balls away. These adult size gloves for goalkeepers also come with removeable fingerspine protectors so you can defend your digits in training yet have utmost dexterity come match-day.
To mark our debut in the goalkeeper equipment range, we thought we’d work out which Premier League goalkeepers were the ‘top cats’ and which stoppers’ place in the celebrated ‘Goalkeeper’s Union’ should be in jeopardy.
We studied the number of saves, crosses claimed, errors, clean sheet percentage, and minutes per goal conceded since the start of the 2006-07 season – when official records for such goalkeeper-specific statistics first appeared – to calculate the most reliable top-flight goalies.
(List calculated by adding the number of saves, high claims, clean sheet percentage, and games per error, then multiplying by the minutes per goal conceded – based on Premier League matches from 2006-07 to 3 November 2017)
Legendary shot-stopper Edwin Van Der Sar heads our ‘FORZA Top 10 Greatest Premier League Goalkeepers’ from the last decade. Capped 130 times by Holland, the former Ajax, Juventus, and Fulham stalwart came out top of the stops mainly for his phenomenal performances at Manchester United, including a world-record 1,311-minute spell without conceding a league goal during the Red Devils’ 2008-09 campaign.
He beat former Liverpool custodian Pepe Reina into second place with United’s present-day number one David De Gea completing the top three. Sneaking into the top 10 in ninth place, current England first choice Joe Hart was beaten by two rivals for his international shirt, Burnley’s Tom Heaton in fifth and Jack Butland in eighth.
While Arsenal’s former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has kept most clean sheets over the period analysed (153), Van der Sar’s record of 72 clean sheets in 148 appearances gave him the best shut-out percentage of 48.65%, while he also recorded the best minutes per goal conceded figure (122.20) ahead of Cech (106.82) and Reina (100.35).
At the other end of the scale, the struggles of his Sunderland and Everton teams are reflected by Jordan Pickford having the worst minutes per goal conceded rate, with the hard-pressed last line of defence picking the ball out of his net on average every 48.55 minutes. Playing behind two leaky backlines does ensure the England under-21 star is always in the action however, with his average of 4.37 saves per game the most since such statistics started being recorded.
Since 2006-7, veteran USA international Tim Howard has thwarted opposition strikers the most, his 992 total saves for Everton topping Ben Foster’s 953, and Cech’s 907, although the latter just pips the American to the title for total number of crosses claimed (551 compared to 538).
Currently back-up ‘keeper at Huddersfield Town, Robert Green has blundered the most times, committing 21 errors that have led directly to a goal during his time at West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers. Stoke City’s Jack Butland has proved to be a perfect performer, committing no critical errors in 52 games, while Burnley’s Tom Heaton has virtually flawless handling too, having been credited with just 1 error in 77 Premier League appearances.
As well as analysing the figures from the start of the 2006-07 campaign, we also traced some statistics back to the beginning of the Premier League era in 1992-93 to see who the all-time goalkeeping greats were.
Four-time league title winner Cech has kept the highest total number of clean sheets (198 in 412 games), has the best overall clean sheet percentage (48.06%), and the best minutes per goal conceded 114.80.
Well-travelled former England international David James has kept the second highest number of clean sheets (172 in 572 appearances) but also lives up to his unfortunate “Calamity” nickname having conceded the most Premier League goals (665) for teams including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, and Manchester City.
Watford’s Heurelho Gomes and Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet are the all-time Premier League penalty killers, 11 saves from 33 and 10 saves from 20 respectively, although its two former Chelsea stoppers who have the best penalty save success rate, Carlo Cudicini’s 50% (4 saves out of 8 faced) followed by Dimitri Kharin’s 44.44% (4 saves out of 9).
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