The best stoppers currently playing in England.
Being a goalkeeper can be a turbulent career choice and getting the right man between the sticks has stumped even some for of the world’s best teams.
Yet when it’s right a ‘keeper can keep their clubs in a match on their own and fanatix has picked out the five best from the Premier League currently.
5. David De Gea
Club: Manchester United.
This is now De Gea’s third season at Old Trafford after being signed as a long-term replacement for Edwin Van Der Sar in 2011.
Those were big gloves to fill and the young Spaniard struggled in the first year in England, despite showing several signs of the ‘keeper’s amazing reflexes.
Two years on and a place in the 2013 PFA Team of the Year under De Gea’s belt, the 22-year-old is much more self assured and is starting to live up to the hype.
4. Simon Mignolet
At £9m Mignolet had a lot to prove after making the move from Sunderland to Anfield this summer and also ousting popular ‘keeper Pepe Reina from a place in goal.
Yet a dream debut for the Belgian saw the 25-year-old save a penalty late on to secure a 1-0 win over Stoke City and the stopper is yet to concede a goal.
With 11 clean-sheets last season despite the Black Cats being poor as a team, Mignolet could well become one of the Reds’ most important players.
3. Petr Cech
The Czech Republic international celebrated having kept 200 clean-sheets for the Blues at the end of the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday and despite a boring game, Cech can be pleased with the ‘keeper’s contribution.
Despite a policy of hiring and firing all the time at Stamford Bridge, the Czech stopper is one of a few players to have carved a regular first team place.
Since knocking Carlo Cudicini from the No,1 spot in 2004 Cech hasn’t looked back and has won 11 major trophies with Chelsea.
2. Asmir Begovic
Club: Stoke City.
The only name on the list not playing for a club being touted as top 10 finisher, Begovic is by far and away Stoke’s best player and is key to their Premier League survival.
The Potters have done well to have kept hold of the ‘keeper this far in the transfer window, but don’t be surprised if a big side swoops for the Bosnian before September 2.
Formerly of Portsmouth, Begovic has developed into one of the finest ‘keepers in England whilst at the Britannia Stadium and with Stoke’s defence often struggling, the 26-year-old gets plenty of practice.
1. Hugo Lloris
Club: Tottenham Hotspur.
France’s national captain was quite the coup for Spurs when the north London club bought Lloris from Olympique Lyon last summer.
The Frenchman is one of a new breed of ‘keepers who act as sweepers, with the 26-year-old comfortable on the ball and able to make quality passes.
Lloris fits right into manager Andre Villas-Boas’ short passing style at White Hart Lane and the former Lyon man has kept three clean-sheets so far this campaign.
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