Dimi Konstantopoulos credits Middlesbrough goalkeeper coach after topping Championship stats chart

The Greek goalkeeper is leading his Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers counterparts in the following area.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has thanked the club's goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich after recording the highest save percentage of any Championship shot-stopper to have played in 30 or more games this season.

Konstantopoulos tops the list of Opta-compiled statistics, which includes internationals Tom Heaton (Burnley) and Allan McGregor (Hull City), having saved 82 per cent of shots against him this term.

Heaton, who was called into Roy Hodgson's England squad on Monday, is second on the list, having kept out 79 per cent of shots faced, with Scotland's McGregor tied in third place alongside Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Alex Smithies (Queens Park Rangers), Dorus de Vries (Nottingham Forest) and Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham City) on 78 per cent.

After seeing the following graphic courtesy of Sky Sports, Kontantopoulos was quick to divert the accolade in Percovich's direction.

"Big credit to Leo," the Boro number 1 posted on Twitter.

Konstantopoulos was at the Riverside for four months before the arrival of Percovich, who followed head coach Aitor Karanka to Teeside having filled the same position at Colorado Rapids during the Spaniard's time as a player there. 

However, the 37-year-old didn't make his league debut for Boro until after the Uruguayan's arrival, and has gone onto make 82 appearances over the past two campaigns - keeping the most clean sheets in the division in each of those (21 and 19 respectively).  

  PositionTeamClean SheetAppearancesMins Played
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos GK Middlesbrough 40 80 7,153
David Stockdale GK Brighton 27 80 7,200
Keiren Westwood GK Sheff Wed 27 71 6,272
Scott Carson GK Derby / Wigan 21 62 5,580
Tomasz Kuszczak GK Birmingham / Wolves 21 50 4,500
David Marshall GK Cardiff 20 70 6,192
Marco Silvestri GK Leeds 20 80 7,200

Percovich previously coached at Valencia, Real Madrid and the French and Brazilian national teams.


Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch