The goalkeepers of the Premier League often get overlooked as people prefer to see goals scored rather than saved, but there have been some truly incredible goalkeepers who have graced our shores. H
ere are my top 10 goalkeepers that the Premier League has seen:
10. Nigel Martyn
If Martyn had been around in a different era, he would have won a lot more than 23 England caps but his career ran parallel to that of David Seaman. He began his Premier League career with Crystal Palace before eventually moving onto Leeds United and Everton. The sides he turned out for passed all expectations, with Leeds reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2000 and at the time Everton recording their highest ever Premier League finish.
9. Mark Schwarzer
A Premier League stalwart who is rightly regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the league, Schwarzer made his name at relegation threatened Middlesbrough. After joining them from Bradford in 1997, Schwarzer caught the nation’s eye with his phenomenal shot-stopping abilities and his sheer presence between the sticks. After helping Middlesbrough survive, he then saved a crucial penalty in helping them qualify for the UEFA Cup. They also won the League Cup in 2004. Now 40, he ply’s his trade at Fulham and despite his age he is still capable of winning matches for his side.
8. David James
The man who has kept the most clean-sheets in the history of the league had to have a place among this list. However, James has also conceded the most goals too, a remarkable statistic. This is down to the sheer longevity of the England internationals career. He played in the first ever Premier League season until he left Portsmouth in 2010. He originally gained a reputation for being extremely shaky in his time at Liverpool and after seven years at Anfield he had spells at Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City before joining Portsmouth. At Fratton Park he moved up in everyone’s estimations, winning the FA Cup with the club and really showing off his class being a key member of the side.
7. Jussi Jaaskelainen
Another veteran of the league, Jussi Jaasekelainen is a Bolton legend. It would be easy to overlook Jussi due to the situation he found himself in at Bolton, regularly fighting relegation battles but he never ever let it get him down. Over the years he has proved himself to be one of the best shot stoppers the league has seen and this helped him appear over 400 times in a Bolton shirt. You won’t find many harder working players than the Finland international. He still plays in the league with West Ham, leaving Bolton after 15 years at the club to link up with his old boss Sam Allardyce.