Ranked! Every Premier League goalkeeper based on their save percentage in 2017/18
5= Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Save percentage: 69.7%, Total saves: 53, Clean sheets: 13
Tottenham have found form at just the right time in the Premier League, and Lloris’s four clean sheets in the last five encounters have helped Mauricio Pochettino’s men climb into the top four. The Frenchman has kept opponents out in 13 matches this season, while averaging 2.3 saves per goal conceded.
4. Mat Ryan (Brighton)
Save percentage: 70.1%, Total saves: 89, Clean sheets: 8
Brighton have significantly boosted their survival chances in recent weeks, although it’s now eight games without a defensive shut-out for Chris Hughton’s men. The ever-present Ryan has kept that exact number of clean sheets this season, though, while also averaging 2.34 saves for every goal conceded.
3. Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)
Save percentage: 70.6%, Total saves: 101, Clean sheets: 8
Swansea looked doomed before Carlos Carvalhal took the reins in late December, but some fantastic results since then have lifted the Welsh outfit out of the relegation zone. If they do manage to stay up, the Swans will also owe a debt of gratitude to Fabianski: the ex-Arsenal man has made a league-high 101 saves in 2017/18, averaging 2.4 per goal conceded.
2. Nick Pope (Burnley)
Save percentage: 79.4%, Total saves: 85, Clean sheets: 9
Pope began the campaign as back-up to Tom Heaton and was presumably targeting a handful of appearances in the cup competitions. Instead, the former Charlton goalkeeper has admirably stepped up in his team-mate’s injury-enforced absence, keeping nine clean sheets in 26 games and making 3.86 saves for every goal conceded.
1. David de Gea (Manchester United)
Save percentage: 81.2%, Total saves: 95, Clean sheets: 15
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De Gea has a fourth player-of-the-year award in his sights at Old Trafford having scooped the gong in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16. The Spaniard has once again been sensational between the sticks for Manchester United, making 95 stops, recording a save percentage of 81.2 and keeping a Premier League-high 15 clean sheets.
In context, he's made more saves than lower-table regulars Mat Ryan (89), Jonas Lossl (80), Ben Foster (76) and Fraser Forster (67); made only four fewer stops than a goalkeeper whose defence has been breached 54 times this season (Jack Butland); and roughly twice as many as top-four rivals Ederson (46) and Hugo Lloris (53). Despite all of that, Manchester United sit second in the Premier League having conceded fewer goals than anyone but Manchester City.
There are goalkeepers who dominate their box more readily and those who are better with their feet, but De Gea is the master shot-stopper – and that, after all, is the most important quality of anyone who dons the gloves.