Premier League Goalkeepers: A Ranking from Best to Worst

Sam Pilger@sampilgerContributing Football WriterSeptember 8, 2013

This season, the Premier League has no shortage of top-notch goalkeepers. Let's take a look at all 20 starting keepers and rank them from best to worst.


1. Petr Cech (Chelsea)

The Czech keeper has been the foundation for the most successful era in Chelsea’s history over these last nine years, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League. At age 31, he remains the best in the Premier League.


2. David De Gea (Manchester United)

The Spaniard is developing into an exceptional goalkeeper. Brilliantly agile and alert, he became increasingly commanding around his area and learned to deal with the rigours of the Premier League last season. United might soon struggle to keep hold of him, though, when Barcelona and Real Madrid inevitably come calling.


3. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

It was becoming increasingly clear last season that the Belgian keeper would outgrow Sunderland, and Liverpool duly snapped him up this summer. With a penalty save on his debut, he is already proving he could be Liverpool’s best summer signing.


4. Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Eighteen months ago, Hart may well have topped this list, but he’s become prone to too many costly errors, including against Cardiff recently. Did he start believing the hype that he was England’s best keeper for a generation? Blessed with incredible natural talent, he should rise up this list again.


5. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

When the French keeper arrived at White Hart Lane last summer, it looked at first as though he might have trouble supplanting Brad Friedel, but he has won the trust of Andre Villas Boas with some assured performances, and Spurs now boast a top keeper.


6. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

It came as no surprise when it was reported in the Daily Mail last season that Manchester United and Chelsea were interested in luring Begovic away from Stoke. He is still there, but maybe not for long. The Bosnian is always a commanding and athletic presence between the posts. 


7. Maarten Stekelenburg (Fuham)

It was going to take the signing of a very good keeper to persuade Fulham to dispense with the excellent Mark Schwarzer, and they found just that in Stekelenburg. Spells at Ajax, Roma and 54 caps for the Netherlands prove the Dutchman’s quality.


8. Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal)  

The 23-year-old Polish keeper is clearly blessed with talent, but he can struggle to consistently demonstrate it. He was erratic last season, prompting Arsene Wenger to drop him. Needs a big season.


9. Tim Howard (Everton)

That uncertain start at Old Trafford has long been forgotten as Howard has gone on to become one of the Premier League’s most consistent keepers at Goodison Park.


10. John Ruddy (Norwich City) 

The Norwich keeper missed a large part of last season with injury, but he is now back and being tipped by his manager Chris Hughton, as reported in The Mirror, to challenge Joe Hart to become England’s No. 1 keeper. That might be beyond him, but he's still a fine keeper. 


11. Michel Vorm (Swansea City) 

The Dutch keeper has been crucial to Swansea’s success in the Premier League. As reported by The Daily Star, his standing is now so high he has even been linked with a move to Barcelona.


12. Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) 

The United States has exported several impressive keepers to the Premier League, including Brad Friedel, Tim Howard, Kasey Keller and now Brad Guzan. On the verge of his 29th birthday, the U.S. international will only get better this season.


13. Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham United) 

The longest serving foreign player in the Premier League is also one of its best keepers as well. After 15 years at Bolton the 38-year-old Finn is proving just as reliable to West Ham and was runner-up in their fans’ player of the year vote last season.


14. Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Steve Bruce did an astute piece of business in bringing the Scottish international to the KC Stadium this summer. An accomplished keeper, McGregor has won three SPL titles, won 30 international caps and enjoyed a successful season in Turkey with Besiktas.


15. Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)

The Argentinian has long been the best keeper in the Championship and now finally gets his chance at the highest level. He is wonderfully agile and difficult to beat but can sometimes struggle to dominate his penalty box.


16. Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)  

A prodigious talent, Foster appeared out of his depth at Manchester United. While he never looked comfortable at Old Trafford, he has since excelled at the Hawthorns.


17. Artur Boruc (Southampton) 

The Polish keeper first forged his reputation during a five-year stay in the SPL with Celtic before joining Fiorentina in Italy. Now he is a reliable presence between the posts for Southampton.


18. Tim Krul (Newcastle United) 

The Dutch keeper played a major role in Newcastle finishing fifth in the 2011-12 season, but his form, like his club’s, has since suffered. He can often appear too vulnerable.


19. David Marshall (Cardiff City) 

The Scottish keeper has played a central role in Cardiff City’s rise and has only missed one league game in the last two seasons, but it remains to be seen if he has the quality to prosper at this level.


20. Keiren Westwood (Sunderland) 

Keiren Westwood has become Sunderland’s No. 1 keeper following Simon Mignolet’s departure to Liverpool. Paolo Di Canio, however, might have been wiser to invest some of Mignolet’s large fee in a new signing as the Irish keeper has little top flight experience.


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