Guglielmo Vicario has had a great start to life at Spurs but a former Arsenal man is top…
Courtesy of the wonderful FBREF we’ve used the PSxG minus goals allowed metric to rank the top-flight stoppers. ‘What the f*** is that?’ you might reasonably ask…
Post-shot expected goals is expected goals based on how likely the goalkeeper is to save the shot. When the number of goals they have conceded is subtracted, we are left with the figures below. FBREF explains that positive numbers suggest better luck or an above-average ability to stop shots.
Here’s how the Premier League keepers are performing…
1) Bernd Leno (Fulham): +3.7
The German was one of the bargains of last summer and he continues to prove his worth to Fulham. Three clean sheets already this season.
2) Alphonse Areola (West Ham): +3.2
Areola has been given the chance to nail down the Hammers’ No.1 spot – a ‘weird’ gesture that made Lukasz Fabianski ‘angry’ – and the 30-year-old is seizing his opportunity. He made 10 saves v Manchester City!
3) Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham): +2.9
You wouldn’t blame Spurs fans for being wary of the need for Vicario to adapt to the Premier League after his summer move from Empoli but, like many of his team-mates, the Italy international has adapted seamlessly to Ange-ball.
4) Jose Sa (Wolves): +2.8
There was talk that Sa might be on his way this summer after being dropped towards the back end of last season amid criticism from supporters. The Portugal international seems to have rediscovered his form, certainly if his performance at Everton is any measure.
5) Neto (Bournemouth): +2.6
Bournemouth are winless so far this season, but they might also be pointless without Neto.
6) Wes Foderingham (Sheffield United): +1.1
He faced 15 shots on target against Newcastle. Fifteen!
7) Robert Sánchez (Chelsea): +1.1
It’s not at his end of the pitch where Chelsea have problems, though he will not have been happy with Ollie Watkins’ goal at Stamford Bridge.
8) Ederson (Manchester City): +0.9
Early signs of improvement on last season’s numbers. Not that City suffered much as a consequence.
9) Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa): +0.9
Was excellent in keeping a clean sheet at Chelsea, who conjured 1.5 of xG but can’t currently finish their dinner.
10) Alisson (Liverpool): +0.8
The best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season still doing Alisson things. The save at Newcastle to keep out Miguel Almiron’s volley stands out amid a typically solid start.
11) David Raya (Arsenal): +0.7
Arsenal’s No. 1? It certainly feels like it.
12) Jason Steele (Brighton): +0.5
Roberto De Zerbi gave Steele, a surprise emergence as Brighton’s No.1 last season, the first two games – both 4-1 wins – before dropping him for Bart Verbruggen. Harsh, that. He returned v Manchester United are emerged in the black.
13) Andre Onana (Manchester United): +0.2
Will have been extraordinarily happy with a clean sheet at Burnley after the midweek ‘mare in Munich.
14) Nick Pope (Newcastle): +0.2
Pope had a shocker for Brighton’s opener in the 3-1 defeat at the AmEx but back in the black after back-to-back clean sheets.
15) Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest): +0.1
Turner has known since his Forest debut at Arsenal that he needs to settle straight in since another keeper was being sought. But the USA international has been a safe pair of hands for Steve Cooper. Certainly safer than the fella he was understudy for last season.
16) Jordan Pickford (Everton): -.0.1
Things would have been even worse for Everton had their keeper not done this is in added time at Sheffield United to preserve their first point of the season…
16) James Trafford (Burnley): -0.2
Some Burnley fans are struggling to see how Trafford is an upgrade on Ari Murij, who they feel has better distribution. In terms of his primary purpose – defending his goal – the England Under-21 star has done okay, even though the Clarets have conceded 13 goals in five games.
17) Thomas Kaminski (Luton): -0.3
The Luton keeper should have kept out Jarrod Bowen’s header which opened the scoring for West Ham but, otherwise, it has been a comfortable adaptation to the Premier League for the ex-Blackburn stopper.
18) Bart Verbruggen (Brighton): -1.0
We’ve already seen from Verbruggen’s three matches that he’s very reliant on the block save, which failed him twice against West Ham and once against Newcastle.
19) Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace): -1.6
Responded to the pressure from Dean Henderson with a brilliant clean sheet v Fulham in which he made five saves.
20) Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal): -1.8
The signing of Raya raised eyebrows and while Mikel Arteta spoke of the two keepers competing, Ramsdale will be aware that he was bought in similar circumstances, which led to Leno being dropped during an international break after a poor start. The draw with Fulham, when Andreas Pereira (assisted by Bukayo Saka) made Ramsdale look daft inside the opening minute has hurt the England international most here. The lowest save percentage in the Premier League, is it?
21) Mark Flekken (Brentford): -2.4
The new Bees keeper is enduring a tricky start, though his save percentage is actually higher than David Raya’s at Arsenal.
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