Who were the best goalkeepers in January? Lloris, Hart and more

Hugo Lloris

Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Sunderland and West Ham United stars all feature.

The glitz and glamour of the January transfer window is over and there was also some pretty good football last month too!

The goalkeeper in any side is one of the most important players. He’s the one man who can prevent a goal at the final hurdle, as well as structuring a defence in front of him to nullify world class attacking talent.

We’ve taken a look at the stats, putting forward the best goalkeepers last month across several areas.

Saves

PlayerClubPosSavesAppsMins
Adrián West Ham GK 21 3 270
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 19 4 360
Tim Howard Everton GK 15 4 360
David Marshall Cardiff GK 14 4 360
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 13 4 360

West Ham’s Adrian made more saves than anyone else last month, which is probably worrying for Sam Allardyce because it means his defence isn’t doing their job, keeping attackers at bay.

Punches

PlayerClubPosPunchesAppsMins
Joe Hart Man City GK 6 4 360
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 6 4 360
Gerhard Tremmel Swansea GK 5 4 360
Allan McGregor Hull GK 4 4 359
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 4 4 360

Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Spurs’ Hugo Lloris share the honours as the goalkeepers most willing to come and help out a defender. Any ‘keeper who can come and clear danger for a defence is worth their weight in gold.

High Claims

PlayerClubPosGood High ClaimAppsMins
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 10 4 360
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 9 4 360
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 8 4 360
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 7 4 360
Adrián West Ham GK 6 3 270

Lloris was also extremely proactive in terms of coming and claiming the ball, whether that was at crosses, corners or balls over the top of the Tottenham defence. It shows he’s always actively thinking about how to cut out danger before it develops.

Accurate Goal Kicks

PlayerClubPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 28 4 360
Adrián West Ham GK 24 3 270
David Marshall Cardiff GK 23 4 360
John Ruddy Norwich GK 23 4 360
Gerhard Tremmel Swansea GK 21 4 360

The Aston Villa man was more accurate than any other goalkeeper. Not bad when you have Christian Benteke to aim for in attack. Guzan was useful in terms of giving Villa the best chance of keeping the ball at the other end, releasing pressure.

Saves inside the Box

PlayerClubPosSaved IboxAppsMins
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 11 4 360
David Marshall Cardiff GK 11 4 360
Jack Butland Stoke GK 10 3 225
Gerhard Tremmel Swansea GK 10 4 360
Adrián West Ham GK 9 3 270

Sunderland and Cardiff can take heart from knowing that their ‘keepers are extremely effective in high pressure, penalty area situations. Vito Mannone and David Marshall both deserve special credit for preventing their teams from conceding more goals.

image: © Stanislav Vedmid

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