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The best Premier League goalkeepers right now

By James Amey

Published: 17:33, 8 March 2024

Who are the best goalkeepers in the Premier League right now?

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 with long-term injuries such as Alisson and Nick Pope have been excluded, while only ‘keepers that have played at least 1,215 minutes (half the minutes played) have made the lists.

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 334 74.1
2. Jason Steele 191 67.5
3. Guglielmo Vicario 229 57.3
4. Emi Martinez 202 55.7
5 David Raya 183 52.9

Minimum 1,215 minutes played. AFP = Accurate forward passes. FPA (%) = Forward pass accuracy (%). 

Not only has Ederson made more forward passes than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, he also boasts an incredible forward pass accuracy of 74.1%. No other goalkeeper is above 68% this campaign. The Brazilian has always been known for being impressive with the ball at his feet and the move to replace Joe Hart with the former Benfica man was one of the most important decisions that Pep Guardiola got 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 a better long pass accuracy than any other keeper to attempt 50+ long passes in the division this season (57.3%) and ranks first among goalkeepers for pass accuracy (85.41% – minimum 400 passes attempted) and second for pass into final third success rate (38.1%).

Keeper Sweeper regains

Rank Player Name Mins Played KSWR
1. Emi Martinez 2,340 31
2. Guglielmo Vicario 2,340 23
3. Wes Foderingham 2,198 20
=4. Ederson 2,258 19
=4. James Trafford 2,430 19
5. Thomas Kaminski 2,340 17

Minimum 1,215 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 the two goalkeepers in Emi Martinez and Guglielmo Vicario, who play in teams with incredibly high defensive lines that come out on top. The Argentinian has made at least eight more keeper sweeper regains than any other goalkeeeper in the Premier League this season, while the goalkeepers that started the season for the three promoted sides all make the top five alongside Manchester City’s Ederson, who is no stranger to being out of his penalty area.

Save Percentage

Rank Player Name Saves Save %
1. Alphonse Areola 103 73.05
2. Andre Onana 98 71.32
3. Bernd Leno 99 70
4. Neto 90 68.25
5. Jordan Pickford 80 67.54

Minimum 1,215 minutes played and goalkeepers to make 40+ saves included. 

As well as being one of just four goalkeepers to make 100+ saves in the Premier League so far this campaign, Alphonse Areola also boasts the best save percentage in the division (excluding injured goalkeepers), saving 73.05% of the 141 shots on target that he has faced so far this campaign. The West Ham man has also saved more penalties than any other goalkeeper and is responsible for two of the six penalty saves that we have seen in the English top-flight so far in 2023/24.

Despite his critics, Andre Onana comes in second on the list for save percentage (71.32%) in 2023/24.  The Cameroonian also ranks fourth for goals prevented (keep scrolling for the full list), whilst also keeping seven clean sheets – a number that can only be beaten by David Raya, Ederson and Jordan Pickford.

Goals Prevented

Rank Player Name xGOTC GP
1. Guglielmo Vicario 37.3 6.3
2. Emi Martinez 39 6.0
3. Jose Sa 37.7 4.7
4. Andre Onana 39.3 4.3
5. Thomas Kaminski 54.9 3.9

Minimum 1,215 minutes played. Own goals and penalties not included. xGOTC = Expected goals on target conceded. GP = Goals prevented. 

What a huge signing Guglielmo Vicario has turned out to be for Tottenham. After joining the club from Empoli in the summer, the Italian had the huge task of filling the gloves left by captain Hugo Lloris, who was in the process of leaving after 12 years in North London and he has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Being the last line of defence in the early days of Ange Postecoglou’s system and high-line is an incredibly hard job for anyone, let alone a 27-year-old that is playing his first season in England, but he has excelled. As well as making the second most sweeper keeper regains in the competition so far this term, Spurs’ new number one has made some incredible saves this campaign to keep his new side in games, preventing 6.3 goals.

André Onana’s presence here might surprise a few given the slew of high-profile errors he’s made so far in his young Man Utd career, but despite some problems settling in to life in Manchester, he has shown more of the quality that helped Inter all the way to the Champions League last term in recent weeks.

If preventing 4.3 goals and keeping seven Premier League clean sheets while he is struggling, imagine how good he will be when he is fully settled and starts cutting out the mistakes.

 

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