The Premier League: Top 10 Goalkeepers Today

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The Premier League: Top 10 Goalkeepers Today
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''The goalkeeper is the crown jewel and getting at him should be almost impossible. It's the biggest sin in football to make him do any work''.

George Graham, former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur manager, had idealistic views on the role of the goalkeeper in football. A man known for his ability to coach a team to dour 1-0 wins always put defence first...and he has been out of work for nearly a decade now.

Goalkeepers such as Paul Robinson, pictured, seem to play an increasingly crucial role in their teams' performances and thus have ever greater influence on its fortunes.

While once it was difficult to name a handful of great Number Ones, there are now several excellent goalkeepers in the Premier League who brave freezing cold rain, torrents of abuse from opposition fans and intense media spotlight to keep a small leather ball out from a net.

Not a glamorous job but an important one nevertheless.

On the one hand, goalkeepers enjoy longer careers than outfield players but one missed punch, one bobble in the pitch, one flap and they can be cast out by the media and fans. On the other hand, forwards often receive all of the plaudits for one decisive strike of the ball or header - even if they have missed a handful of goalscoring chances beforehand.

Forwards are glorious go-getters, instant heroes, selfish limelight thieves. Goalkeepers are heroic but foolish scapegoats.

But which poor, helpless scapegoats are the ten least culpable playing in the Premier League today?

In the following slideshow, I look at ten who have grabbed the headlines for the right reason - by displaying a safe pair of hands, composure, good reflexes and a great deal of courage.

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