Keeper stats highlight Lloris and Pope form, Patricio concern…

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2021 1:12

We first took a look in November at which keepers were saving a greater percentage of the shots they faced. Since then, much has changed; Hugo Lloris leads the way and Nick Pope has cemented his claim to the England jersey.

Rui Patricio, though…

All stats taken from statsbomb/FBREF

Saves percentage rank from November in brackets. PSxG: Post-shot expected goals. To discover what the f*** that means, click here

 

1 (5) –  Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – 81.7%  (72.7% in November)
Games played: 18
Saves made: 60
Shots on target faced: 71
Clean sheets: 6
The Spurs skipper has had to deal with 10 more shots on target than any of his Big Six counterparts. Lloris likes to remain close to his line to allow himself optimum reaction time, and he also prefers to stay home for crosses. He has successfully stopped only 3.6% of crosses into Spurs’ box – the lowest rate among first-choice keepers in the league. But the saving? He’s great at the saving.

2 (14) Nick Pope (Burnley) – 80.6% (64.5%)
Games played: 16
Saves made: 58
Shots on target faced: 72
Clean sheets: 6
The suspicion might be that Pope has benefited in recent weeks from the return of Burnley’s first-choice centre-backs and the Clarets returning to their policy of allowing shots on goal but closing off dangerous shooting angles and lanes. But the England keeper has still conceded 5.1 goals fewer than his PSxG total.

 

3 (-) Ederson (Manchester City) – 78.4% (75%)
Games played: 17
Saves made: 29
Shots on target faced: 37
Clean sheets: 10
City have protected their keeper exceptionally well, with no club allowing fewer shots on their goal.

 

(10) Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa) – 78.4% (70%)
Games played: 16
Saves made: 56
Shots on target faced: 74
Clean sheets: 8
What a signing Martinez has been! Only Ederson has kept more clean sheets and the Villa keeper has allowed 5.8 goals fewer than his PSxG total – the biggest disparity in the Premier League.

 

5 (4) Alphonse Areola (Fulham) – 76.7% (74.4%)
Games played: 17
Saves made: 66
Shots on target faced: 86
Clean sheets: 3
The former Real Madrid and PSG keeper hasn’t covered himself in glory this week but Areola has generally been a very dependable presence this season. Areola has allowed 5.3 fewer goals than his PSxG – the second-best rate in the league – while no other keeper has come for more crosses, or successfully dealt with more crosses.

 

6 (18) Alisson (Liverpool) –  76.2% (57.1%)
Games played: 15
Saves made: 32
Shots on target faced: 42
Clean sheets: 5
Liverpool have needed their No.1 since they’ve exhausted their supply of senior centre-halves and the Brazilian hasn’t let the side down. Alisson was among the worst performing keepers in the league during the three games either side of his shoulder injury but since his return to full fitness, normal service has resumed.

 

7 (-) Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) – 74% (71.9%)
Games played: 19
Saves made: 56
Shots on target faced: 77
Clean sheets: 7
For all the talk of Leicester’s strength in depth at centre-back, the Foxes have needed their keeper this term. No team in the top half have allowed as many shots on their goal and Schmeichel has kept out 3.3 goals more than his PSxG.

 

8 (14) Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – 71.6% (65.6%)
Games played: 17
Saves made: 47
Shots on target faced: 67
Clean sheets: 7
McCarthy’s return to form has been one of the stories of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s reign at St Mary’s. Don’t underestimate the role of his young daughter in keeping the Saints stopper in shape during lockdown…

 

9 (16) Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham) – 71% (60%)
Games played: 18
Saves made: 49
Shots on target faced: 69
Clean sheets: 6
Fabianski has looked more like his old self in recent weeks, while West Ham look altogether more solid at the back. They’ve got much bigger problems up front.

 

10 (1) Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 70.7% (85.7%)
Games played: 15
Saves made: 29
Shots on target faced: 41
Clean sheets: 7
Mendy offered an immediate improvement when he arrived at Chelsea to replace Kepa and after four games, he had three clean sheets and a save percentage rate 10 points better than anyone else. But the Senegal stopper has dropped back into the pack amid Chelsea’s wretched run of form.

 

11 (14) Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 70.5% (62.5%)
Games played: 15
Saves made: 42
Shots on target faced: 61
Clean sheets: 3
Pickford has stopped dropping bollocks of late and seems to have calmed down since he was dropped for the trip to Newcastle in November. The England No.1 spent another game on the bench last month when the Toffees won at Leicester and Carlo Ancelotti seems to have found a way to keep Pickford on his toes.

 

12 (20) Robert Sanchez (Brighton) – 70.4% (50%)
Games played: 8
Saves made: 20
Shots on target faced: 27
Clean sheets: 2
Sanchez was catapulted into Brighton’s goal having started the season as fourth choice but the 23-year-old Spaniard has proved to be an upgrade on Mat Ryan. Though, given the Australian’s form, so too might have been a snowman in gloves.

 

13 (17) Ilian Meslier (Leeds) – 70% (59.4%)
Games played: 17
Saves made: 20
Shots on target faced: 90
Clean sheets: 6
The dread with which Leeds fans greeted the news that Meslier would be missing last weekend said as much about the 20-year-old’s form this season as the fear induced by the sight of Kiko Casilla pulling on his mitts. Meslier is sixth in the race for the Golden Glove despite having faced the fourth-highest number of shots on his goal.

 

14 (2) Karl Darlow (Newcastle) – 69.2% (75%)
Games played: 18
Saves made: 63
Shots on target faced: 91
Clean sheets: 3
Darlow is one of very few Newcastle players to emerge from the first half of the season with any great credit. The 30-year-old began the season as No.2 but Martin Dubravka’s injury has given Darlow the opportunity to stake his claim for the No.1 spot. When Bruce had the straight choice between the two after Dubravka returned earlier this month, it was Darlow who retained the gloves.

 

15 (11) Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – 68.9% (67.7%)
Games played: 19
Saves made: 45
Shots on target faced: 61
Clean sheets: 7
The German has been one of Arsenal’s few consistent performers this season. Mikel Arteta’s only goalkeeping concern is finding competent back-up for his No.1.

 

16 (9) Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) – 67% (70.8%)
Games played: 19
Saves made: 64
Shots on target faced: 97
Clean sheets: 1
Ramsdale is certainly not to blame for the Blades’ woeful season but perhaps he hasn’t had the impact Chris Wilder might have hoped when he was signed from Bournemouth in the summer. Ramsdale has made two errors that have led to goals having conceded 2.9 goals more than his PSxG.

 

17 (12) Sam Johnstone (West Brom) – 66.7% (67.4%)
Games played: 18
Saves made: 77
Shots on target faced: 111
Clean sheets: 2
No keeper in the Premier League has been busier than Johnstone, whose consistent form has drawn links with Tottenham.

 

18 (20) David De Gea (Manchester United) – 65.4% (52.4%)
Games played: 17
Saves made: 35
Shots on target faced: 52
Clean sheets: 6
De Gea’s save percentage rate has improved since November but still the United No.1 remains among the Premier League’s lowest achievers in this metric. However, Dean Henderson appears more entrenched on the bench than at any previous point in the season and the prospects of a January move appear to have diminished. He wants a title winner’s medal after all…

 

19 (8) Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – 65.1% (71%)
Games played: 19
Saves made: 54
Shots on target faced: 86
Clean sheets: 3
Guaita has generally maintained his solid form this season, especially against Spurs, but these numbers might offer Jack Butland some encouragement as he looks to usurp the Palace No.1.

 

20 (6) Rui Patricio (Wolves) – 60.3% (72%)
Games played: 19
Saves made: 37
Shots on target faced: 58
Clean sheets: 4
Nuno has plenty on his plate at the moment but the form of his No.1 must be a major concern. Patricio hasn’t kept a clean sheet since Halloween and, more worryingly, the Portuguese stopper has conceded 5.8 goals more than his PSxG.

 

21 (-) Matt Ryan (Brighton) – 50% (43.8%)
Games played: 11
Saves made: 16
Shots on target faced: 30
Clean sheets: 2
Ryan has paid the price for a woeful start to the season. Graham Potter has told him he can go, but as yet, there are no takers.

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