Asmir Begovic has been suggested as a possible transfer target for Manchester United according to reports this week, with several national papers suggesting the possibility that he could be bought by David Moyes in the summer.
That would be bad news for David De Gea, who has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and one of the only players in the United squad to show any sort of consistency.
Begovic’s arrival at United would put De Gea under extreme pressure to protect his number one place if the only theory behind signing the Bosnian is creating competition for the Spaniard, as it’d be a remarkable decision for United to force De Gea out of the exit door. So is Begovic a better goalkeeper than De Gea? Yes he is, in these four areas.
Total High Claims
|Player||Club||Pos||Total High Claim||Apps||Mins|
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||25||28||2,520|
Begovic makes a substantially higher number of high claims, which shows a greater willingness to come away from his line and take the pressure away from his defence, which can be crucial in games where a back four is under a lot of pressure.
Accurate Goal Kicks
|Player||Club||Pos||Accurate Goal Kicks||Apps||Mins|
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||122||28||2,520|
Begovic has also been more accurate this season with his goal kicks. Any goalkeeper who can ping the ball up field accurately from a goal kick gives his side a chance to create some momentum and build an attack.
Accurate Keeper Sweeper
|Player||Club||Pos||Accurate Keeper Sweeper||Apps||Mins|
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||6||28||2,520|
Begovic has also been more effective this season when he’s had to come out of goal and do a sweeper job. What that shows is more willingness to aid his defence and an ability to spot danger quickly, as he looks to stamp it out before it develops into something dangerous.
Saves from Outside the Box
|David de Gea||Man Utd||GK||35||28||2,520|
Begovic makes more saves from shots which are aimed at his goal from outside the penalty area. His ability to stop long range efforts has only been better by four goalkeepers this season; Wojciech Szczesny, Vito Mannone, David Marshall and Simon Mignolet.