The Premier League is close to 30 years old and has revamped the way we look at English football. There might be world class goal scorers like Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney but sometimes the goalkeeper is more important than any other position. Who makes the top five in this list and will have convinced people to get the best bookmaker sign-up offers pre-season to back the goalkeeper to win the golden glove?
- Peter Schmeichel
The big Dane joined Manchester United and won the lot with them. From 1991 to 1999 he was ever present as the number one for Sir Alex Ferguson and helped Manchester United dominate in the 1990s. His flamboyant style and no nonsense approach made him a firm favourite with the Manchester United faithful.
He also played for Manchester City and Aston Villa keeping 128 clean sheets in his career.
- Petr Cech
During a time where Chelsea had all the money in the world, Petr Cech was probably their most important signing. Joining from Rennes for £7 million, making him Chelsea’s most expensive goalkeeper at the time, he nailed down the number one spot quickly and did not let it go until the arrival of Tibo Courtois.
Having also played for Arsenal during his time in the Premier League he has kept a record 202 clean sheets. During his time at Chelsea he won 4 golden gloves; the joint record holder.
- David Seaman
The former England goalkeeper was Mr. Steady. Not much could make the Yorkshireman crumble under pressure and you knew you could rely on Seaman. Having played in the top flight prior to the creation of the Premier League he still kept 140 clean sheets and won the Premier League twice. He was also part of the famous Arsenal “Invincibles” side that went undefeated all season.
Seaman finished his career at Manchester City and is considered to have pulled of the best save in football history during the FA Cup semifinal against Sheffield United in 2002-03 season.
- Edwin Van Der Sar
Many remember Van Der just to have played for Manchester United during his time in the Premier League but he arrived at Fulham in 2001 after leaving Juventus. However, he was scouted by Alex Ferguson for many years and he knew he just had to get his man. Van Der Sar kept 132 clean sheets during his time in the Premier League and won the Golden Glove in 2009; as well as being named European goalkeeper of the year.
Van Der Sar went 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal and broke Cech’s previous record of 1025 minutes.
- Joe Hart
It may have ended badly for Hart when he left Manchester City but prior to that he was the best goalkeeper in the country and a record breaker. Hart won the golden glove a record 4 times whilst playing for City and was a vital member of them winning their first Premier League in 2011/12. He added another title in 2013/14.
He did not just play for Manchester City in the Premier League but a whole host of clubs. He burst onto the scene with a loan spell at Birmingham City before he established himself in the City side. He also went on to play for West Ham United, Burnley and Tottenham (however he never played in the league for them) keeping 127 clean sheets during his time in the Premier League.