Who were the best goalkeepers last season? Lloris, Mignolet and more

Hugo Lloris Euro 2012 Penalty

Cardiff City, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Brom stars all feature.

There were plenty of brilliant and world class goalkeeping performances over the course of last season, as Manchester City secured the title and Norwich, Cardiff and Fulham all went down to the Championship.

In the case of Cardiff, David Marshall can consider himself very unlucky because he produced some of the best exhibitions of ‘keeping you are likely to see from a modern day ‘keeper.

We’ve taken a look at the best performers in five key areas related to goalkeeping.


David Marshall Cardiff GK 153 37 3,330
Vito Mannone Sunderland GK 131 29 2,567
John Ruddy Norwich GK 125 38 3,420
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 116 37 3,330
Tim Howard Everton GK 112 37 3,263

Marshall made more saves than any other goalkeeper last season, which probably isn’t too surprising considering Cardiff went down. He showed great awareness and skill under pressure.


Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 36 37 3,330
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 29 38 3,420
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 27 37 3,330
Joe Hart Man City GK 26 31 2,790
Tim Krul Newcastle GK 18 36 3,240

Tottenham’s goalkeeper made more punches than anyone else. It shouldn’t be a major surprise because Lloris is one of the best in the business when it comes to looking for active ways he can take the pressure off of his own defence.

High Claims

  ClubPosTotal High ClaimAppsMins
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 103 38 3,420
Julian Speroni Crystal Palace GK 78 37 3,330
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 76 32 2,880
John Ruddy Norwich GK 72 38 3,420
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 68 37 3,330

Brad Guzan was superb coming out of goal to claim the ball, another way that goalkeepers take the pressure off of their defence. The American is a very vocal and organised player in Aston Villa’s defence.

Accurate Goal Kicks

  ClubPosAccurate Goal KicksAppsMins
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 198 32 2,880
Tim Howard Everton GK 190 37 3,263
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 190 38 3,420
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 183 37 3,330
David Marshall Cardiff GK 171 37 3,330

It’s clear to see why Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with moves for Stoke’s Asmir Begovic this season. No other ‘keeper was able to launch the ball up field from a goal kick with greater accuracy, instantly starting attacks.

Penalties Saved

  ClubPosPenalty SaveAppsMins
Ben Foster West Brom GK 2 24 2,148
Tim Howard Everton GK 2 37 3,263
Asmir Begovic Stoke GK 1 32 2,880
Brad Guzan Aston Villa GK 1 38 3,420
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 1 37 3,330

West Brom’s Foster and Everton’s Howard lead the way in this category saving two penalties apiece last season. They are the standouts when it comes to a ‘keeper who can hold his composure when facing a shot from 12 yards.

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