In the most modern incarnations of the beautiful game, position evolution comes part and parcel with the sport and is an area in which goalkeepers are far from exempt.
Now needed for much more than just their hands, stoppers can often be responsible for initiating attacks themselves and distribution is as valued as ever amongst a side’s No.1.
Taking passing accuracy, distance and throwing frequency, as well as several other factors into account, the following five Premier League ‘keepers have proven to be the most effective when it comes to starting from the back.
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