No matter how you dress up the role in the modern era, it remains the fundamental duty of a goalkeeper to prevent the ball from crossing the line.
Clean sheets can certainly provide the platform for a Premier League title challenge, but it doesn’t always transpire that a rock-solid defence guarantees silverware.
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In fact, only two of the last 10 Golden Glove winners have also won the Premier League title in the same season. Ederson bucked that trend last term when his 19 clean sheets earned him the Golden Glove award and helped City on their way to the Premier League trophy.
The Manchester City goalkeeper once again comes high up for clean sheets this season, keeping 12 in 22 Premier League games. He is two clear of compatriot Alisson and Arsenal shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale. FIFA’s The Best Goalkeeper for 2021 Edouard Mendy is two further back alongside Hugo Lloris and Jose Sa, who has started life at Wolves in excellent fashion.
Will the chasing pack be able to catch up? Or will a new name rise up the clean sheet ranks? Keep track of the top 10 clean sheets and saves below as the 2021/22 campaign progresses.
Premier League most clean sheets: 2021/22 season | EPL
Players with the same amount of clean sheets are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 13:00, 25/01/22.
|Position||Player||Clean sheets||Minutes Played|
Premier League most saves: 2021/22 season | EPL
Players with the same amount of saves are ranked by fewer minutes played. Stats correct as of 13:00, 25/01/22.
|1st||David de Gea||84||1,980|