David De Gea and the 10 Hottest Goalkeepers in World Football Right Now

Matt Cheetham@@Matt_CheethamCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2014

David De Gea and the 10 Hottest Goalkeepers in World Football Right Now

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    David De Gea grabbed the headlines during the last round of Premier League matches for his catalogue of eye-catching saves against Everton.

    His contribution preserved a slender lead and helped Manchester United earn a momentum-building win. 

    Taking Europe's top five leagues into considerationEngland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Francehere's a look at some of the other leading goalkeepers of the moment.

    The following slide highlights only those in form, rather than overall ability or reputation.

    All statistics for this article were taken from WhoScored.com

David De Gea

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    David De Gea may have already claimed Manchester United's Player of the Season award.

    The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has certainly been kept busy by some inexperienced defenders, generally playing in an unfamiliar system.

    De Gea's run of inspirational form culminated with his performance against Everton, which has supposedly now led to interest from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror's David McDonnell.

    A penalty parry was followed by two key saves in the closing stages of what was an important win for Louis van Gaal, who was quick to praise his goalkeeper, per BBC Sport

Vito Mannone

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    Having often looked hesitant and error-prone during his Arsenal days, Vito Mannone has found a new level of consistency since making the switch to Sunderland.

    He was key during last season's Capital One Cup run and has maintained top form into the new campaign.

    Currently, Mannone has made 23 saves in seven games, a tally only Robert Green can surpass among Premier League goalkeepers.

    While Green has let in 15 goals, Mannone has only conceded seven, helping Sunderland boast the division's second-best defensive record. 

Geoffrey Jourdren

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    Geoffrey Jourdren has been Ligue 1's leading goalkeeper for most of the season.

    He has made the second-most saves (30) and has conceded the fewest goals (five), which is a pretty impressive ratio to maintain.

    Out of all goalkeepers in Europe's leading five divisions, he has also made the joint-most saves (19) inside the penalty area.

    Jourdren's form has helped lift Montpellier to seventh place, compensating for some of his side's struggles in attack.

    For many, including his wife, Jourdren's form should have merited an international selection.

    Noemie Jourdren was quoted by Le Parisien's Julien Laurens as saying she hopes France boss Didier Deschamps will "die tomorrow" after her husband's latest omission. 

Benoit Costil

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    The man who did get that France call-upto the disgust of Jourdren's wifewas Benoit Costil, who narrowly edges Ligue 1's busiest goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, in this list.

    The Rennes stopper has been in the form of his life of late and is still relatively young in goalkeeping terms at just 27.

    He has already made 28 saves in nine matches this season and was particularly impressive during a Man of the Match display against PSG. His seven saves helped secure a 1-1 draw against the titleholders. 

Claudio Bravo

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    Claudio Bravo doesn't have a portfolio of recent saves to rank alongside the others in this list. In fact, he's only made 11 saves in seven games this season.

    He does, though, have something that no other regular starting goalkeeper in Europe's major leagues can match.

    That is, an unblemished record.

    Impressively, the Chile international is yet to concede a single La Liga goal as a Barcelona player, giving him a 100 per cent save ratio and a run of clean sheets that none can equal.

    That alone deserves recognition. 

Diego Alves

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    Elsewhere in La Liga, Diego Alves has been in superb form this year and has heavily influenced Valencia's unbeaten start to the season.

    The Brazil international has only conceded four goals in seven gamesthe division's second-best returnand has become something of an expert when it comes to saving penalties.

    As Sid Lowe highlights in The Guardian, his most recent save against Guilherme Siqueira in the 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid means only 16 of the 30 spot-kicks he has faced have gone in.

    His collection includes penalty saves from Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa, which few goalkeepers can claim. 

Yann Sommer

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    Yann Sommer regularly caught the eye at Basel and was given the unenviable task of replacing Borussia Monchengladbach's influential Marc-Andre ter Stegen this summer.

    So far, the Switzerland international has made a huge impression, conceding just four goals in seven starts and helping his unbeaten side up to third in the table.

    Preserving the division's second-best defensive record behind Bayern Munich, Sommer has been kept relatively busy, making 27 saves—a total only two Bundesliga goalkeepers can better. 

Roman Burki

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    Another Swiss goalkeeper making the jump to the Bundesliga is Freiburg's Roman Burki.

    Just like Sommer, the 23-year-old has made a strong first impression.

    While his club are without a win in seven games, Burki's performances have helped secure most of his side's five points so far.

    He has made 27 saves, again matching Sommer's return, which includes three from inside the six-yard boxa statistic no goalkeeper in Europe's top five divisions can better.

    With Burki 23 and Sommer 25, Switzerland's goalkeeping stocks are in fine condition for the next few years. 

Mattia Perin

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    Mattia Perin has been one of the busiest goalkeepers in Italy this season, making 23 saves in six games, including more (16) inside the penalty area than any other goalkeeper.

    Despite his work, he has conceded just six goals, and—excluding a blip against Sampdoria—has been one of the most impressive goalkeepers in Serie A.

    Clean sheets in a 0-0 draw away at Fiorentina and in a 1-0 home win against Lazio were particularly striking—games in which he made 13 saves without being beaten.

    As with any 21-year-old, his next challenge is to find that level of consistency in every game. 

Rafael

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    Verona's Rafael has only played four games this season, but his performances have included some of the most impressive goalkeeping displays in Serie A.

    The 32-year-old has only conceded one goal in those four games and was Man of the Match in 1-0 wins over Cagliari and Torino.

    Combined, he made 11 saves in both narrow wins, preserving two match-winning clean sheets.

    His value to his side is illustrated by Verona's return with and without their club captain. Four goals have been conceded in the two games he missed, with just one point taken, compared to 10 points and one goal conceded in the four games he's played.