The Best Goalkeepers of the 2014/15 Premier League season
September 08, 2015
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While the level of defensive quality in the English Premier League is far from exalted, the standard of goal keeping in the top-flight is nothing short of outstanding at present. While Joe Hart is one of the few British keepers to have had an outstanding season (take his stunning shot-stopping performance in second leg of the Champions League second round as an example of this), there are a number of foreign-born custodians who have lit up the EPL this season.
The Best 3 Goalkeepers of 2014/15
So, let’s take a look at three of the best EPL goalkeepers who have earned their team points, and wowed the cameras at the same time…
David De Gea (Manchester United)
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“David de Gea, this year, is unbelievable,” Louis van Gaal eulogised last month, and it is hard to argue with this assertion. The young Spaniard has been instrumental in securing United’s return to the Champions League after one season’s absence, as a string of stunning saves and a growing sense of authority have distinguished his rapid progress. While he may yet leave the club this summer amid ongoing contract negotiations and speculation, his performances this season are sure to live long in the memory of all Manchester United fans.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
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The development of Thibaut Courtois as a world class goalkeeper is one of football’s worst kept secrets. After performing admirably on loan at Atletico Madrid during the last three seasons, he graduated to Chelsea’s first team during the summer and has cemented his place as an agile and physically imposing number one. He has contributed considerably to Chelsea’s title win, while also providing a throwback to the days when goalkeepers caught rather than punched the ball and provided an immense physical presence in between the sticks.
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
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Given Kasper’s heritage as the son of former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel, it stands to reason that Leicester’s number one should feature on our last. He has faced a very different challenge to De Gea and Courtois, however, playing in a struggling team for much of the season and being forced to make an incredible number of saves. He has been instrumental in Leicester’s late season great escape, however, providing a strong and robust barrier as Nigel Pearson’s men have switched to an attacking formation and won six out of their last eight games to secure their EPL status.