As we head into the new 2011-12 Premier League season, all the headlines, hype and transfer rumours surround the hefty fees shelled out over the past few months for, by and large, the world's most sought after forwards - whether it is Liverpool's record signing Andy Carroll, the British fee record Fernando Torres who scored just once in nineteen games for Chelsea, Arsenal's new signing Gervinho or Manchester City's Argentinian pair Kun Aguero and Carlos Tevez; one newly arrived, one wanting to leave.
But what about at the other end of the pitch?
What about the men charged with preventing these high-priced match winners?
What about, lest we forget, the poor guy charged with stopping Robin van Persie scoring each week?
Goalkeepers are a strange breed and always have been, and their style of 'keeping can be as different as a target man to a creative second striker up front.
This summer's transfer window has seen more activity than usual on the Premier League goalkeeper front with two of the league's biggest sides signing new stoppers; though of course only one will be a first choice this season. In addition, West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Liverpool have all seen transfer movement for their goalkeeping area of the squad.
A sound goalkeeper is the bedrock of many a great side, and without one even a very good side can at times look disturbingly mediocre.
Here we rank every first choice goalkeeper in the league, and see how they will help or hinder their respective sides in the season to come.