Premier League’s best goalkeepers – ranked

They say you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper – and ‘they’ are right.

You get to use your hands, you elect yourself into a union that isn’t even officially a union, you have to stand around and keep yourself locked in for most of a game.

But they’re still crucial to the game. They’re the ones who do the real dirty work for their sides, after all.

Here are our picks for the ten best goalkeepers in the Premier League – ranked.

Kasper SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel remains a key figure at Leicester / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

One of just four goalkeepers on this list to actually win the Premier League, Schmeichel is still one of Leicester’s best players at the age of 35.

Would you believe he’s now made over 450 appearances for the Foxes? Incredible consistency since being promoted in way back in 2014.

Jose SaJose Sa

Smilie for the camera / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Jose Sa had a pretty tough job coming in to replace the excellent Rui Patricio, but he’s been crucial in Wolves’ efforts to become one of the Premier League’s toughest teams to break down.

Bruno Lage’s side have conceded just 16 Premier League goals this season – only leaders Manchester City have a tighter defensive record.

Lukasz FabianskiLukasz Fabianski

Fabianski is as reliable as ever / Steve Bardens/GettyImages

Like every goalkeeper who’s left Arsenal this century, Lukasz Fabianski has gone from strength to strength since departing the Gunners.

Now into his 15th Premier League season, the Pole has managed to keep the impressive Alphonse Areola out of the side and keep his place between the sticks for West Ham.

Jordan PickfordJordan Pickford

Pickford’s stock has risen / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

It’s been roughly a year since the last high profile ‘oh my word what is he doing’ Jordan Pickford blunder, enjoying a stellar 2021 for club and country.

Everton may be rather rubbish nowadays, but at least he can enjoy a spot in this ranking – and that’s the real quiz.

Emiliano MartinezEmiliano Martinez

Martinez has announced himself on the global stage / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Who would have thought the biggest ‘Sliding Doors’ moment in the career of Emiliano Martinez would have been Neal Maupay barging into Bernd Leno on a humid June afternoon?

Now a full Argentina international and one of the world’s top stoppers, Martinez recently signed a new long-term contract at Aston Villa.

David De GeaDavid De Gea

De Gea has been one of Man Utd’s best players for a decade / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

David de Gea couldn’t have been optimistic about his Man Utd prospects at the end of the 2020/21 season – backup keeper Dean Henderson was getting plenty of first team opportunities, and when brought back in for the Europa League final, missed the decisive spot kick after conceding 11 straight Villarreal penalties.

But true to form, De Gea has largely been United’s best player this term, saving them from disaster time and time again.

Hugo LlorisHugo Lloris

Lloris has signed a new two-year deal at Spurs / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Like De Gea, Hugo Lloris has put his error-strewn recent past behind him to peak again at the top level, proving a decisive figure at Spurs on and off the pitch.

For some reason, the poor bloke signed a new contract that means he’ll have spent over 10 years of his prime trying to stop Tottenham Hotspur from conceding goals. At least he captained France to a World Cup, I guess.

Ederson Moraes - Soccer Goalkeeper - Born 1993Ederson Moraes - Soccer Goalkeeper - Born 1993

Ederson has better distribution than a lot of outfielders / Visionhaus/GettyImages

One can only imagine the euphoria Pep Guardiola must have felt when he watched Ederson for the first time in his life, knowing that this was the goalkeeper he’s spent his whole career searching for.

The Brazilian may not be the greatest shot stopper but that’s not as important for a club like Man City, with Ederson effectively acting as an 11th outfielder most of the time.

Edouard MendyEdouard Mendy

Mendy has been imperious for Chelsea / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

You’d expect the great Petr Cech to have a good eye for a goalkeeper, and boy did he find Chelsea a gem in Edouard Mendy.

Recently the recipient of The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award for 2021, Mendy has quickly established himself as one of the world’s best players in any position, let alone his own.

Alisson BeckerAlisson Becker

Alisson remains the top dog / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

Perhaps best demonstrated by his performance in Liverpool’s weekend win over Crystal Palace, Alisson is still the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

He has the perfect mix of positioning, leadership, distribution and experience needed to be a world class stopper and he’s showing no sign of slowing down.

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall provides fitness update on Leah Williamson

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall has confirmed Leah Williamson was withdrawn at half-time during Sunday’s WSL clash at Manchester City as an expected fitness precaution, not an injury setback.

Williamson had been one of Arsenal’s standout performers as they enjoyed a lightening fast start to the season, before suffering a hamstring injury after November’s north London derby which left her sidelined for just over two months.

Williamson made her long-awaited return off the bench against Manchester United in the Continental Cup last week and started against Manchester on Sunday. But the 24-year-old went down during the opening 45 minutes and was replaced at the break by debutant Rafaelle Souza.

Leah Williamson, Manuela Zinsberger, Noelle MaritzLeah Williamson, Manuela Zinsberger, Noelle Maritz

Williamson was replaced at half time / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Eidevall explained that Williamson had not been expected to last the full 90 minutes upon her return and the substitution was not injury-related.

“Leah isn’t injured,” Eidevall said, via arseblog. “We knew before that she couldn’t play for 90 minutes. We have to check with every player and she started to get tired so we decided to sub her.”

Williamson’s first team absence coincided with a downturn in form for the Gunners, with Arsenal enduring heavy Champions League defeats to Barcelona and Hoffenheim, a shock WSL loss to bottom side Birmingham and crashing out of the Conti Cup while she was out of the team.

Eidevall was unable to give a timescale for when the home-grown star, whose injury was initially described as ‘significant’, will return to full fitness. But the coach admitted he was hopeful that it would be sooner rather than later.

“Not long,” the Arsenal manager replied when asked when Williamson will be ready to complete 90 minutes. “She played 30 minutes on Wednesday and 45 minutes today, which is a quick turnaround.

“We didn’t expect her to return this early, so that’s really well done from her and the medical staff. Soon, I hope.”

Arsenal remain top following Tobin Heath’s last gasp equaliser against Manchester City, and face back-to-back crucial league fixtures against second place Manchester United and third place Chelsea at the beginning of February as they attempt to wrestle the WSL title away from the Blues.

Niklas Sule ready to leave Bayern Munich as a free agent

Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule is expected to leave the club as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Sule only has a few months left on his current deal and the towering centre-back’s future at the Allianz Arena has been growing increasingly uncertain in recent weeks.

In Germany, Bild report that Sule has informed Bayern that he wishes to leave. That means he will not sign a new contract and is set to be available on a free transfer come summer.

The 26-year-old initially arrived at Bayern from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2017, with the Bundesliga giants having pre-agreed a double transfer swoop for he and teammate Sebastian Rudy several months earlier.

Sule was just 21 at the time but had already played over 100 senior games for Hoffenheim since making his senior breakthrough there at the age of 18.

He has since gone on to play almost 160 times for Bayern, but missed most of the 2019/20 campaign because of an ACL injury and has only really reclaimed his regular place this season after further minor injury problems made 2020/21 somewhat stop-start.

An ambitious Newcastle are among the Premier League clubs believed to be eyeing Sule and the interest could be reciprocal. Chelsea, who could lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen as free agents in the summer, are also thought to be monitoring the situation.

Barcelona have been forced to largely focus their recruitment strategy on free agents because of their ongoing financial difficulties and are thought to another club interested in Sule, having also been heavily linked with the aforementioned Christensen already.

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Chelsea’s best & worst performing players of the month – January 2022

Chelsea have endured a bit of a topsy-turvy month.

While they’ve tickled Tottenham’s tummies in the bazillion games they played against each other in January – well, three, but it felt a lot more frequent than that – draws with Liverpool and Brighton and defeat at Manchester City effectively ended their Premier League title charge.

That being said, the Blues still won four of their seven games this month – three victories coming against Spurs – and are alive and kicking in the domestic competitions thanks to some stellar individual performances.

We’ve collated all the Chelsea player ratings from this month to give you the lowdown on their best and worst performing players. Let’s have a gander, shall we?

Hakim ZiyechHakim Ziyech

Ziyech was excellent in Chelsea’s last game of January / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Player: Hakim Ziyech
Game: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham (23rd January, 2022)
Rating: 9

What we said: “Bright start. Dazzling footwork before testing Lloris. WHAT. A. GOAL. Masterful strike into the top corner, and zinged Lloris’ fingertips again moments later. His best game in a Chelsea shirt.”

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku

Lukaku was in the headlines for the wrong reasons / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Player: Kai Havertz
Game: Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool (2nd January, 2022)
Rating: 3

What we said: “Romelu Lukaku had more influence on the game watching on from the stands.”

Player: Romelu Lukaku
Game: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea (15th January, 2022)
Rating: 3

What we said: “Repeatedly cut an isolated figure as City’s dominance grew.”

Mateo KovacicMateo Kovacic

Kovacic is Chelsea’s joint POTM / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

Player: Hakim Ziyech
Average rating: 6.8
Best performance: Chelsea vs Tottenham – 9

Player: Mateo Kovacic
Average rating: 6.8
Best performance: Chelsea vs Liverpool & Chelsea vs Chesterfield – 8

We have a tie! Ziyech and Kovacic both averaged 6.8 in the six games they played, outscoring the likes of Malang Sarr (6.6), Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante (both 6.5).

Ziyech is starting to come to life as a Chelsea player, putting in excellent performances against Spurs – included a rocket of a strike from distance – while two eights and two sevens in Kovacic’s ratings helped him to a consistent average.

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Arsenal’s best & worst performing players of the month – January 2022

Played: 5.

Won: 0.

Drawn: 2.

Lost: 3.

Goals scored: 1.

It’s fair to say that Arsenal endured a rather awful January.

On top of not winning a single game, they were also knocked out of both domestic cups – one by a Championship club – and generally just didn’t look remotely capable of scoring a goal.

As you can guess there were quite a few players who under-performed in January, but surprisingly a few actually held their own too.

Don’t believe us? Well, that’s why we decided to collate all of our Arsenal player ratings for the month and pick out the best performing player of January…and the worst too because, you know, they didn’t win a single game.

Bernardo Silva, Thomas ParteyBernardo Silva, Thomas Partey

Partey in the wars / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Player: Thomas Partey
Game: Arsenal 1-2 Man City (1st January, 2022)
Rating: 9

What we said: “A real force in defence but looked like a man possessed going forward. A statement showing.”

Granit XhakaGranit Xhaka

Xhaka put up a 0/10 / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

Player: Granit Xhaka
Game: Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (13th January, 2022)
Rating: 0

What we said: “Booted Diogo Jota in the stomach as the last man and got his marching orders 24 minutes into the first half. Going to Anfield is tough enough with 11 players, and another moment of madness from the Switzerland international made it even harder. Terrible judgement.”

Kieran TierneyKieran Tierney

Arsenal’s POTM / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Player: Kieran Tierney.
Average rating: 6.2.
Best performance: Arsenal vs Man City – 8.

When you’re best performing player of the month averaged a 6.2 rating you know you’ve had a bad month.

Tierney had one standout performance – as most Arsenal players did – in the 2-1 defeat to Man City, but if we’re being honest, the full-back won this award because he’s the only Arsenal player who didn’t completely embarrass themselves in January.