Casillas vs De Gea: Should Manchester United man be Spain's number one?

There have been increased calls for David De Gea to replace Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas for his country, but what do the stats show?

Given his impressive performances for Manchester United, it’s hard to believe that David De Gea isn’t his country’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The young Spaniard has arguably become the best goalkeeper in the Premier League over recent years, even with Manchester United struggling, but is yet to replace veteran Iker Casillas at international level.

The Real Madrid man hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons, and at 33 is hardly over the hill, but the argument is now being made that he needs to step down for his country so that De Gea can come in instead.

We decided to have a look at their stats over this season so far to see if the United man truly is leagues ahead of his international rival.

First and foremost we’re using Squawka for these stats, and their total score ruling has De Gea ahead of Casillas, with a score of 377 compared to 330.

He has also made more saves this season, 66 to 56, although Casillas has 11 clean sheets compared to De Gea’s 10, while he has also conceded three fewer goals than the United man, 24 compared to 27.

Casillas also leads in two other vital areas, with a lower saves per goal ratio, 2.33 compared to 2.44, while he also has a higher distribution accuracy than his younger counterpart, with a score of 70% compared to 67%.

So then, it seems that Casillas comes out on top in this comparison, especially in the important columns of goals conceded and clean sheets. On that point, it seems it is right he stays as Spain number one for now, although for how much longer remains to be seen.

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