David de Gea

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says that Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois has been better than Manchester United’s David de Gea this season.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told Sky Sports that Thibaut Courtois has been better than David de Gea this season.

Courtois of Chelsea and Manchester United’s De Gea are rated as two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, but it is the the former that Seaman gives the nod to ahead of today’s Premier League clash between the two sides at Stamford Bridge in London.

"For me it's Courtois,” the 51-year-old told Sky Sports when asked who is better. "He's been solid and shown his class. At Chelsea you don't get a great deal to do (as a goalkeeper), but when he's been called on he's been fantastic.

“De Gea had a really dodgy start, but he's shown his character and he's now showing everybody why Manchester United bought him. He's a quality keeper who makes some fantastic saves.

"Going back to Courtois - apart from the goal he let in against Charlie Adam he's had a great season. I'd tell him: don't worry, it happens to the best of us!”

Seaman is entitled to his own opinion, of course, but many neutral Premier League followers will claim that it is De Gea who has been the better goalkeeper.

In 31 league matches this season, the Spain international goalkeeper has conceded 30 goals, kept 10 clean sheets, made 2.5 saves per game and has a saves-to-shot radio of 73%.

Chelsea custodian Courtois has been equally impressive, though, conceding 25 goals, keeping nine clean sheets, making 2.4 saves per game and having a saves-to-shot ratio of 71% in 27 Premier League appearances.

De Gea has come under more pressure due to the fact that United struggled defensively at the start of the season, and many of his saves came in the final minutes of games.

However, one needs to remember that Courtois has had to face competition from Petr Cech this season.

Although the Belgium international has been the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper, he has always had to make sure that he remains on top of his game as any mistake would have seen Cech replace him.

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