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Players of the Year 2012/13: Top 5 Goalkeepers In The Premier League This Season

With the current campaign drawing to a close, Tom Gatehouse chooses the best 5 goalkeepers in the Premier League this season together with video evidence.

A goalkeeper’s job is all about sacrifice. One week he is the hero, the next, the unconditional villain. He is the last line of defence, the man charged with using every part of his body to save his team. And while credit is given to goalkeepers, their weekly plight is unique on a footballing level. Every player makes mistakes, but for a goalkeeper, one mistake may cost his side 3 points, a higher place in the table, and sometimes even a championship or trophy.

There are many good keepers in the English Top Flight; keepers with often unique abilities between the sticks, although their job description is identical. Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, for example, employs boundless energy into his game; where Joe Hart uses his strength and leadership qualities. But, despite their attributes, and their team’s style of play, a goalkeeper’s home is between the sticks, with only a pair of gloves to aid them in their duties. It’s a tough gig, and most of them play superbly, especially the following five.

Part one of the ‘Players of the Year 2012/13’ is for the ‘keepers. See if you agree with my list:

5. Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham

The number five spot goes to the evergreen Finn, who has had a wonderful season for West Ham, helping them to a current 10th position in the league, and with it, precious Premier League security.

The longest serving player in the Premier League, Jaaskelainen has endured sixteen years of relegation scraps with the teams he has turned out for, and he will have been glad to have had a season of relative comfort. With eleven clean sheets this season, that comfort has been largely down the 38-year-old’s solid displays in the Hammers’ goal.

It has been confirmed that Jaaskelainen will be staying at West Ham beyond the current campaign, and that news if sure to please West Ham fans everywhere!

4. Petr Cech, Chelsea

The giant Czech has certainly had a rough ride since his debut way back in 2004. Thrust into the limelight by former (and possibly new) boss, Jose Mourinho, Cech’s displays for Chelsea brought many to place him in the top three goalkeepers in the world alongside Buffon and Casillas.

Then came the horrible clash with then-Reading midfielder, Stephen Hunt, which left Cech needing the now trademark helmet for protection. The years that followed were full of uncertainty for the big man, with his performances questioned by even the most faithful of Chelsea supporter.

But this season, Petr Cech has come back in a big way. Following his heroics in the Champions League the previous season, he has kept momentum, displaying his talents in full force. An unbelievable save from Utd striker Javier Hernandez typified his season, which has seen him help the Blues to a Europa League final and currently 3rd place in the League. His clean sheet record is second best in the league, with fourteen to his name.

Now 30, still relatively young for a keeper, a betting man would wager that Cech continues his recovery, and regains his place at the top of the people’s list of world keepers very soon.

3. Simon Mignolet, Sunderland

Yet another player to add to the ever growing roster of fine Belgian talent to emerge in the Premier League, Mignolet has shown this season why he is one of the most desired keepers in the business.

Despite Sunderland’s poor season, the 6’3 keeper has shown his worth, pulling off outstanding saves and a number of composed performances. He has eleven clean sheets this season, and will be absolutely crucial if the Black Cats are to stave off relegation.

But if even if Sunderland survive the drop, new boss Paulo Di Canio will have a hard time keeping his man, with the likes of Man Utd and Arsenal watching Mignolet closely as he continues his remarkable season.

2. Asmir Begovic, Stoke City

Rolling in at number two is Stoke’s brilliant Bosnian, Asmir Begovic. Having been thrown around the lower divisions during his time with Portsmouth, Begovic has now finally found a place to call home: nestled deep within the sturdy backline of Tony Pulis’ Stoke side.

Only 25, and with 12 clean sheets to his name, it is no wonder the biggest clubs around have been seen hovering overhead, eyeing up Stoke’s prize keeper.

Although Stoke have been flirting with relegation in recent months due to a slump in form, it has not halted Begovic’s rise in the opinions of fans and pundits alike. He has certainly cemented his place as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

1. David De Gea, Manchester United

The young Spaniard is a worthy winner of this poll due to some quite unbelievable performances domestically and in Europe this season.

With the agility of a squirrel, and the speed of a meerkat, David De Gea has been arguably the most spectacular keeper in the English top flight this year. The 23-year-old has come of age this year, after an unconvincing first season following his big money move from Atletico Madrid last season.

Comfortable with saving shots with almost every part of his body, David De Gea has been named the PFA’s Goalkeeper of the year, and there will be few who would argue against that. Helping the Red Devils to yet another Premier League title with his eleven clean sheets, stunning reflex saves, and newfound consistency, De Gea has the time to get even better. Watch this space.

Extra Time: The Pitfalls of being a Keeper

It isn’t the easiest job!

Agree with my list? Who’s been your goalkeeper of the season?  Share your views in the comments section below.

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. muctarr ballack

    May 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    cech is better than all the keepers in the world

  2. remson

    May 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    why would you compare peter cesh with any other goal keeper in epl at the moment..YES! De gea has made some outstanding saves but the cant be compared with cesh saves since last season to this season.head to head, against man u,cesh is far better and he is only goalkeeper to remain in european football regardless of managerial probeln the club has been facing since years back..

  3. Bulletproof

    May 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    U sucks…. DDG is e best keeper in e league

  4. Emmanuel obo

    May 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I agree with that lest expcet cehs who suppose to be in no two

  5. temitope

    May 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Cech is the number one of all goal keepers in the english premier league and thirld in the world…. You dnt av to compare peter wth dem.cech senior them wth everything ok.

  6. elvisquest

    May 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Cech is the best amazing and a no nonsense goalkeeper who is from another planet

  7. Onyedikachukwu okpara

    May 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Cech is number one now

  8. DDOLLAR

    May 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    cech is better than all those small small goalkeeper so pls don’t compear them with peter save okkkkkkk

  9. Emmanuel Okoro Bobo

    May 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Peter Cech should be the number one keeper.

  10. Emmanuel Okoro Bobo

    May 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    If you watch Chelsea’s match, you will have no doubt that Cech is a nice keeper

  11. elpee

    May 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    D only goalstopper dat was compared 2 cech in epl was van dar sar n nw dat he‘s retired,cech remains d best in england n even beyond…he has no match!

  12. patson

    May 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Cech is the only keeper in epl playing in europe cup and he has more saves than any epl keeper I think he is the best

  13. tobi

    May 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    cech is d best keeper in england,with his experence u cnt compare him wit any orda keeper in england.follow by joe hart b4 u can talk abt de gea

  14. Anucha Iheanyichukwu

    May 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    David de gea iz d best in d world

  15. chiedozie ohalezim

    May 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Cech is undoubtably the best keeper in the world

  16. joa

    May 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    come on guys,for this season david de gea is the #1.

  17. breezy

    May 7, 2013 at 12:04 am

    currently de gea is d best dis season, made some nice nd brillant saves

  18. Rach

    May 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

    For this season David Dea Ga is d best goal keeper in premiership.

  19. tracy

    May 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

    De Gea is my no.1. followed by Czech and Joe hart

  20. Chrisgreat

    May 7, 2013 at 1:10 am

    No doubt david de gea is better,leave cech aside 4now sczscney is even bete dan cech dis season.

  21. big balo

    May 7, 2013 at 1:46 am

    cech is the best in the EPL no one like him

  22. Victor ofem

    May 7, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Is a mistake to compare cech wit any order keeper in epl,cech de best any time any day

  23. Kamaldeen Abayomi A

    May 7, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I dont know d problem of Chelsea fans. Coz it’s obvious, David De Gea performed excellently than Cech dis season

  24. Alh west katcha

    May 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    David de gea deserve wt he given bcos, dt award is 4rm d football best observers

  25. 4lan

    May 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

    De-gea deservs dat bt cech z stil incomparrable nd shuld even be aminst dose wu ar chuzin d best goalkeeper in d league cux his experience z only betterd by d gr8 v.d.sar nd dsame tin aplicable 2 farguson

  26. Iyke daniel

    May 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    De gea is stil d best this season no doubt…

  27. olayiwola kola

    May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Chech is better dan any kepeer in d world

  28. Adedeji olo

    May 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    De gea is no 1 in epl dis season follow by cech. No doubt……….

  29. Jerome

    May 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Why on earth wil people compare peter cech wit de gea..who have’nt seen anything on epl..hw many impossible save hav de gea made,but check out the kind of save peter cech made against Man united…so pls next time if u wana compare cech pls find people lyk diego lopez,neuer nd compare them to cech nd not even casilas,de gea or buffon can match peter cech current form in making saves.blues 4life.

  30. edwin kirui

    May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    yep…..cech is nice but Dagea is da best…..

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