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Vicario top of Premier League goalkeeper ranking despite Tottenham’s winless run

Vicario top of Premier League goalkeeper ranking despite Tottenham’s winless run

Guglielmo Vicario has been a hell of a signing for Spurs, while Emiliano Martinez has been showing his class.

Courtesy of the wonderful FBREF we’ve used the PSxG minus goals allowed metric to rank the top-flight stoppers. ‘What the f*** is that?’ you might reasonably ask…

Post-shot expected goals is expected goals based on how likely the goalkeeper is to save the shot. When the number of goals they have conceded is subtracted, we are left with the figures below. FBREF explains that positive numbers suggest better luck or an above-average ability to stop shots.

Here’s how the Premier League keepers are performing, with the exception of those who have played fewer than five games.

1) Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham): +4.6
It’s rare that you concede four goals and still end up boosting this number but the Italian – who has been a phenomenal signing for Tottenham – made ludicrous saves against Chelsea. Even while Spurs have slipped, he has been largely excellent. And now he is winding up Callum Wilson, which is all kinds of fun.

2) Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa): +4.2
After a poor game v Nottingham Forest he has been exemplary, concluding with back-to-back clean sheets against Manchester City and Arsenal. Maybe he is the best in the world after all…

3) Alisson (Liverpool): +4.0
The best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season still doing Alisson things. He had to be good v Crystal Palace.

4) Thomas Kaminski (Luton): +3.1
Made five saves v Liverpool before letting that one in from Luis Diaz. And then somehow kept out Rasmus Hojlund. He has excelled himself this season even though he is yet to keep a clean sheet. Even against Arsenal, only really conceded what he should have done…

5) Bernd Leno (Fulham): +2.9
The German was one of the bargains of last summer and he continues to prove his worth to Fulham.

6) Andre Onana (Manchester United): +2.7
No Premier League keeper has kept more clean sheets than Onana this season. Only Alisson has a slightly better saves percentage. He only made one save v Bournemouth, mind.

7) Alphonse Areola (West Ham): +1.8
Areola has been given the chance to nail down the Hammers’ No.1 spot – a ‘weird’ gesture that made Lukasz Fabianski ‘angry’ – and the 30-year-old is seizing his opportunity. Missed the massive tonking at Fulham.

8) Jordan Pickford (Everton): +1.6
Kept three consecutive clean sheets as Everton have gone full Dyche (in the best way).

9) Jose Sa (Wolves): +1.6
There was talk that Sa might be on his way this summer after being dropped towards the back end of last season amid criticism from supporters. The Portugal international seems to have rediscovered his form and a new contract has been signed.

10) Neto (Bournemouth): +1.5
Three clean sheets in his last five Premier League games. What a signing he has been for the Cherries.

11) Nick Pope (Newcastle): +1.1
Five clean sheets and solid-enough form this season before he got injured.

12) James Trafford (Burnley): +1.1
Kept a first clean sheet of the season v Sheffield United just when we were asking how long the goalkeeper and manager could survive. And then faced 11 shots on target from Brighton and saved 10. What a swing.

12) Wes Foderingham (Sheffield United): +0.8
Faced seven shots on target v Burnley. Let in five. It’s hardly all his fault but that’s not ideal. But has benefited from the arrival of Chris Wilder and finally get a clean sheet v Brentford.

13) Robert Sánchez (Chelsea): -0.8
Made 13 saves v Brighton and Manchester United to claim back some Brownie points after the nightmare of Newcastle.

14) Matt Turner (Nottingham Forest): -1.3
Recalled by Steve Cooper after six weeks on the bench and acquitted himself well as Forest took a much-needed point.

15) Bart Verbruggen (Brighton): -1.6
Seems to be sharing the gloves with Jason Steele, and neither are making a compelling case to keep them long term.

16) Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal): -1.7
The signing of Raya raised eyebrows and while Mikel Arteta spoke of the two keepers competing, Ramsdale will be aware that he was bought in similar circumstances, which led to Leno being dropped during an international break after a poor start. The draw with Fulham, when Andreas Pereira (assisted by Bukayo Saka) made Ramsdale look daft inside the opening minute has hurt the England international most here. He returned to keep a clean sheet v Brentford but only because Raya was ineligible to play.

17) Ederson (Manchester City): -2.0
Made more saves v Aston Villa than any other team this season. He really is brilliant under pressure; his overall numbers are always hit by the fact that he needs to make fewer saves than anybody else.

18) David Raya (Arsenal): -2.0
Can Arsenal win the Premier League title with David Raya?
 He made one save v Luton, letting in three from four shots on target.

19) Jason Steele (Brighton): -3.4
Steele was in, out and then back in again. And then out and in and out again. This is just not working.

20) Mark Flekken (Brentford): -4.0
Made seven saves v Liverpool but that did him no good whatsoever. Looks a massive downgrade on (Brentford’s) Raya as it stands.

21) Odysseas Vlachodimos (Nottingham Forest): -4.1
Conceded five from six shots on target at Fulham. Promptly dropped.

21) Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace): -4.4
Faced one shot on target and let in one goal v Liverpool. He’s not the only problem at Palace but he is not proving to be much of a solution either.

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