Football Features

The best Premier League goalkeepers in 2023/24

By James Amey

Published: 14:10, 22 May 2024

Who were the best goalkeepers in the Premier League across the 2023/24 campaign?

To be a goalkeeper in the Premier League these days, you have to be good with your feet as well as your hands. Being comfortable on the ball is an important factor many coaches look for when selecting their newest number one. Many managers even base their build-up on having ‘keepers with the vision and skill to pick out a pass if needed.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at which goalkeepers rank highly for distribution as well as save percentage, keeper sweeper regains and goals prevented. Goalkeepers to have played fewer than 1,800 minutes have been excluded, focusing on those who have featured in over half of the campaign — so the likes of Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone miss out.

Here are the best Premier League goalkeepers based on all the important metrics:

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Forward passing accuracy (%)

Rank Player Name AFP FPA (%)
1. Ederson 417 74.73
2. Bart Verbruggen 260 73.65
3. Alisson 264 66.5
4. Guglielmo Vicario 344 62.66
5 Emiliano Martinez 272 54.18

Minimum 1,800 minutes played. AFP = Accurate forward passes. FPA (%) = Forward pass accuracy (%). 

Only one goalkeeper has made more forward passes than Ederson in the Premier League this season, but his forward pass accuracy is second to none. It’s a pretty ridiculous statistic that he’s completed just under three quarters of his forward passes. It shouldn’t be a surprise, the Brazilian has always been known for being impressive with the ball at his feet.

But it was a close battle at the top. Brighton’s Bart Verbruggen only just makes the cut with 1,890 minutes played, sharing the goalkeeping responsibilities with Jason Steele. And in that time, Verbruggen has completed 73.65% of his forward passes. It’s then a bit of a drop to third-placed Alisson, who is good with his feet, but is more of a shot-stopper than his compatriot and rival for Brazil’s No.1 jersey.

Even though Ederson has made the Premier League’s third-most forward passes this season, his forward pass accuracy of 74.76% is unparalleled. No other goalkeeper is above 61% this campaign. The Brazilian has always been known for being impressive with the ball at his feet. The move to replace Joe Hart with the former Benfica man was one of Pep Guardiola’s most important decisions right at the beginning of his time at Manchester City.

As well as recently becoming the keeper with the most Premier League clean sheets in Man City’s history, Ederson also has better long pass accuracy than any other keeper to attempt 50+ long passes in the division this season (56.1%) and ranks first among goalkeepers for pass accuracy (85.87%—minimum 400 passes attempted) and second for passing accuracy ending in final third  (38.14%).

Keeper Sweeper regains

Rank Player Name Mins Played KSWR
1. Emiliano Martinez 3,015 36
2. Guglielmo Vicario 3,420 30
3. Thomas Kaminski 3,406 29
4. Wes Foderingham 2,648 26
=5. Ederson 2,788 25

Minimum 1,800 minutes played. KWSR = Keeper sweeper regains. 

A keeper sweeper regain is when a goalkeeper comes off his line, wins the ball and wins possession for his team. Unsurprisingly, it’s Emiliano Martinez, who plays in a team with an incredibly high defensive line that comes out on top. The Argentinian made at six more keeper sweeper regains than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League in 2023/24, while two of the goalkeepers that started the season for the three promoted sides make the top five. Manchester City’s Ederson, who is no stranger to being out of his penalty area, is also in.

Save Percentage

Rank Player Name Saves Save %
1. Andre Onana 149 73.4
2. Jordan Pickford 121 73.33
3. Alphonse Areola 138 73.02
4. Alisson 83 71.81
=5. José Sá 134 70.16
=5. Bernd Leno 134 70.16

Minimum 1,800 minutes played and goalkeepers to make 40+ saves included. 

Manchester struggled defensively in 2023/24, conceding 58 goals, and Andre Onana received a lot of stick for some of his performances. But Man Utd also had Onana to thank that it wasn’t worse. The Cameroonian goalkeeper made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the 2023/24 Premier League, and he also had the best save percentage, keeping out 73.4% of the shots on target he faced. There were 10 games in total that Onana had more than five saves in the Premier League this season, with eight his most in a single match — happening twice, against Liverpool in December and Aston Villa in February.

But it was very close at the top. In fact, Onana only bested second-placed Jordan Pickford by 0.07%, and Alphonse Areola wrapped up third with 73.02%. And of the top five, or six in this case, Alisson was the only goalkeeper to not make at least 100 saves, stopping 72.81% of the 83 shots on target he faced.

Goals Prevented

Rank Player Name xGOTC GP
1. Jose Sa 58.63 9.45
2. Emiliano Martinez 51.42 8.42
3. Jordan Pickford 45.66 5.47
4. Andre Onana 54.05 3.84
5. Neto 51.57 3.37

Minimum 1,800 minutes played. Own goals and penalties not included. xGOTC = Expected goals on target conceded. GP = Goals prevented. 

Well, that completes a different leader for every metric in our list, but there are a few recurring names. Jose Sa tops goals prevented in the 2023/24 Premier League, and it’s an impressive record. The Portuguese shot-stopper has prevented 9.45 goals in the Premier League, despite keeping just four clean sheets. Towards the end of the season Sa overtook Martinez, who was instrumental in Aston Villa’s top four finish, and prevented 8.42 goals in the Premier League.

Jordan Pickford was also high up, and let’s not forget that Everton conceded the fourth-fewest goals in the Premier League with a defensive record only bettered by the top three. Pickford was part of that fine defence, with 5.47 goals prevented — the only other goalkeeper to prevent at least five goals.