Who were the best goalkeepers in February? Begovic, Szczesny and more

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Arsenal, Aston Villa Fulham, Hull City, Sunderland and Stoke City stars all feature.

February was a huge month for teams at the top and the bottom of the Premier League table.

The goalkeeper is arguably the most important player in any side and there were some standout performances last month when it comes to ‘keepers getting stuck in and producing their best for their teams in high pressure situations.

We’ve taken a look at the best goalkeepers across five statistical areas to judge the best players.

Saves

PlayerClubPosSavesAppsMins
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 21 3 270
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham GK 17 4 346
David Marshall Cardiff GK 15 4 360
David de Gea Man Utd GK 15 4 360
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 13 4 360

Sunderland’s shot stopper had a great month in February, as the Black Cats found a little bit of form to pull away from the bottom of the table. Hopefully this month he won’t be forced into making as many saves.

Punches

PlayerClubPosPunchesAppsMins
Steve Harper Hull GK 5 3 270
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham GK 5 4 346
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 2 4 360
Artur Boruc Southampton GK 2 4 360
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 2 4 360

Harper and Stekelenburg were the best last month when it comes to a goalkeeper looking to come and punch, which takes pressure off of the defence, showing urgency and a willingness to clear lines.

Saves inside the Box

PlayerClubPosSaved IboxAppsMins
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham GK 10 4 346
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 10 4 360
David Marshall Cardiff GK 9 4 360
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 9 3 270
Adrián West Ham GK 8 4 360

Stekelenburg and Wojciech Szczesny were the best last month in terms of saves inside their own box. What that shows is that they both judge when to come out and narrow the angles perfectly to make it as difficult as possible for a striker to score.

High Claims

PlayerClubPosTotal High ClaimAppsMins
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 11 4 360
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham GK 10 4 346
David Marshall Cardiff GK 9 4 360
Adrián West Ham GK 8 4 360
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 8 4 360

Stekelenburg features again in terms of high claims but it was Stoke’s Asmir Begovic who produced the most last month. It shows he’s reading the game well at the moment, judging effectively when to come and claim possession and when to leave his defence to deal with the danger.

Accurate Goal Kicks

PlayerClubPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Adrián West Ham GK 29 4 360
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 27 4 360
David Marshall Cardiff GK 26 4 360
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 24 4 360
Maarten Stekelenburg Fulham GK 19 4 346

West Ham’s Adrian produced more accurate goal kicks last month than anyone else. Begovic deserves another mention because his ability to hit the ball long accurately plays to Stoke’s strengths which are all geared around long ball football.

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