What do goalkeepers Jan Mucha, Lukasz Fabianski and Artur Boruc all have in common?

The Everton, Arsenal and Southampton goalkeepers have a very similar past, present and future.

Ok smartarses yes they are all Eastern European goalkeepers but I am being a little cleverer with my comparison between these three players.

First of all the three goalkeepers have had rollercoaster seasons.

At the start of the season you would have had no idea that these three keepers would be the starting goalkeepers for their respective teams going into the season run in.

However all of them have come back with a vengeance near the end of the season with one of them perhaps being the most in-form stopper in the league.

Artur Boruc has had a tumultuous time at Southampton. The Saints were in desperate need of a goalkeeper after Kelvin Davis struggled with Premier League football on his second stint at that level while young pretender Paolo Gazzaniga was too naïve for this standard.

Boruc was a good option. Brought in on a free transfer after his release by Fiorentina he was installed straight into the first team.

However the controversial keeper continued his reputation as a trouble maker when he reportedly threw a water bottle at an abusive section of his own fans.

On top of that he seemed, how can we put this delicately … a little portly for Premier League football.

Now he looks lean and his agility is back to ally his never in doubt reactions and over the past month has been one of the Premier League’s star performers.

Jan Mucha has come in to replace Tim Howard at Everton after the American broke his back against Oldham in the FA Cup. His performance against Manchester City last weekend saw hims named in plenty of ‘Team of the Weekends’.

Then there is Lukasz Fabianski. He has taken over from Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal-mouth with aplomb; keeping two clean sheets.

But they also have something else in common. They were the three previous number one goalkeepers at Legia Warsaw.

The Polish side lost Artur Boruc in 2005 to Celtic and Lukasz Fabianski took over as the number one stopper. When he moved to Arsenal in 2007 Jan Mucha took over before relinquishing the role in 2010 when he signed for Everton.

A strange coincidence that all three could have such a similar past.

But they also face similar futures; uncertain ones.

All three also have expiring contracts in common. Fabianski needs to prove his fitness if Arsene Wenger is to repay him for any good form while Everton are said to be mulling over the decision to offer Mucha a one-year extension. Boruc only signed a short-term contract with the club this season but his recent form has seen the hierarchy put together an apparent new offer.

Which of the three, if any, will get a new contract this summer?

image: © Eric The Fish (2012)

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