Championship's top five goalkeepers - Grant, Gomes & Silvestri feature

Seven games into the Championship season, five men have impressed in goal so far.

Having a reliable shot stopper in the Championship can, quite literally, make or break your season.

Whether it's a defining save that prevents relegation, or a miraculous stop that wins the play-off final, no second-tier side can achieve their goals without someone reliable in goal.

It's good, then, to see so many goalkeepers making an early impact seven games into the Championship season.

And, of the dozens to have appeared so far, five have led the way in terms of the number of saves they've made.

  TeamSavesGood High ClaimsDiving SavesStanding SavesAppearancesMins Played
Lee Grant Derby County 29 9 5 0 7 630
Paul Robinson Blackburn 26 2 5 0 7 630
Heurelho Gomes Watford 25 13 7 0 7 630
Marco Silvestri Leeds United 24 11 2 1 7 630
David Button Brentford 23 13 5 0 7 630

Topping the leaderboard is Derby's Lee Grant, with the Rams having conceded just eight goals in seven games. Steve McClaren's side sit in seventh, just outside the play-off places, and Grant has made no less than 29 saves thus far. The 31-year-old has also made nine good high claims from crosses, while five of his saves were dives.

Less convincing from crosses is Blackburn's Paul Robinson, though the former England man is second in terms of the number of saves he has made.

One behind him is former Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who has made 25 saves but is perhaps the most impressive when the ball is in the air. With 13 good claims from crosses, the Brazilian has also made seven diving saves. Watford are currently third in the Championship, having conceded only seven goals.

Next in the running is Leeds' Marco Silvestri, who has performed admirably despite a chaotic start to United's season. Silvestri is the only one of the five to have made a standing save, while he has also made several good claims from crosses.

Completing the line-up is a surprise name in Brentford's David Button, who has made 23 saves and equaled Gomes' 13 good claims from crosses. 

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