Clean sheets are integral for Premier League outfits to progress and get points in the bag, and the man in-between the posts is who they place their faith in. Some fans would argue that the world’s best shot-stoppers haven’t been truly tested until they’ve cut their teeth in England’s top-tier division. Let’s have a look at the ten greatest goalkeepers to have ever graced the Premier League
Schmeichel is arguably the Premier League’s greatest goalkeeper on pure unbridled talent alone. The ‘Great Dane’ towered above the goalposts and it seemed he was placed on this
earth to stand between the two posts. Schmeichel spent nine years at the Red Devils and backstopped Manchester United to their famous treble-winning season in 1998/99.
Schmeichel had a plethora of accolades with United and made history with Aston Villa when he became the first keeper to score in the league. The man had an abundance of world-class saves up his sleeves and rescued the men in red numerous times. Peter also had the gift of leadership, commanding his back-line making sure there was no room for complacency.
Schmeichel’s Premier League Career lasted from 1991 to 2003 with his final season at Manchester City. In 1997/98 the Dane became the first league goalie in the league to record an amazing 100 clean sheets and he hung up his gloves with 129 of them in 310 games and also notched a goal on to his belt during that time. The shot-stopper also had an illustrious career in the national team, recording 129 games and another goal to his name for Denmark.
Petr Cech is a revered hero to Chelsea and Arsenal fans alike. He made a name for himself at Chelsea from 2005-2015 after playing his first five professional years in his native Czech Republic. The Czech native has won numerous trophies and awards with West London club Chelsea, these include four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Europa League and the Champions League.
The 37-year-old was the fastest to record 100 clean sheets in the Premier League in 180 games and holds the Chelsea record at 220 in all competitions. The 37-year-old has plied his trade between the posts for so long that he is the all-time league leader with 194 sheets. Cech has since retired and now can be found standing between two posts on ice for the Guilford Phoenix.
Seaman is a living legend and has the trophies to prove it. The goaltender began his career before the Premier League was born in 1992/93 and had the makings of a great. He began his career with Leeds United in 1981, then had brief stints with Peterborough United, Birmingham City, and Queens Park Rangers before joining the Gunners in 1990.
Seaman controversially finished his season with rivals Manchester City in 2003. The Englishman kept 142 clean sheets and tended goal for the Three Lions 75 times, which ranks second all-time for a keeper. Seaman represented his country in two World Cups and two European Championships.
The Arsenal luminary and his trademark ponytail won three league titles with Arsenal along with four FA Cups, a League Cup, and a European Cup by pulling off numerous acrobatic saves regularly.
Former English international David James was an extremely underrated number one. James became a journeyman keeper, wearing the gloves for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City, and Portsmouth. The 6.3 goalie posted 169 clean sheets in a whopping 572 Premier League contests. James tended goal in the league from 1992 to 2010 where he won
an FA Cup and League Cup after playing his first four seasons with lower-division Watford.
James played in a magnitude of divisions including Iceland and the Indian Super League. The Englishman also had the privilege of representing his country 53 times. The former Pompey goalkeeper sits fourth on all-time appearance list on 572 Premier League games and held the league’s clean sheet record until Cech broke it. James was also guilty of the odd mistake in goal and earned himself the unfortunate nickname ‘Calamity James’.
Edwin van der Sar
Former Dutch international Edwin van der Sar spent a decade in the Premier League with stints at Fulham from 2001 to 2005 and Manchester United between 2005-2011. The Man United goalie had previously spent nine years with Dutch giant Ajax and two seasons with Juventus, making him a seasoned veteran by the time he plied his trade in the Premier League.
The Dutch netminder is the proud owner of two Champions League winners’ medals, one with Ajax in 1995 and another with Manchester United in 2008. Van der Sar is one of the most decorated goalkeepers of all time with 27 trophies. The Dutchman just seemed to get better with age as he’s the oldest player to ever win the Premier League and the Champions
League. Furthermore, the veteran goalkeeper holds the record for most minutes without conceding a league goal during the 2008/09 Premier League Season, he went 1,311 minutes without being beaten.
David de Gea
When the Spaniard walked through the doors for the first time at Old Trafford in 2011, few could have predicted how good the shot-stopper would really be. Despite some questionable decisions and performances early on, it didn’t take the Spanish international long to hit the ground running and by 2013, he was a Premier League Champion.
The 29-year-old has kept over 100 clean sheets in the English top-flight so far and his confidence seems to be rising game after game. De Gea’s initial difficulties were banished and he blossomed into a world-class goalkeeper of the highest order. His shot-stopping and close-range reflexes have become his trademark and this man has been vital between the posts for the Red Devils.