5 best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season
Goalkeepers have rarely been as important as they have been this season in the Premier League, a look at 5 of the very best.
The 2017-2018 season, as far as goalkeeping in the Premier League is concerned, has been a very interesting one for pundits and fans alike.
While some veterans like Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) & Petr Cech (Arsenal) have looked distinctly average and have made a few mistakes which have cost their teams goals and points, some of the league's leading lights have continued to deliver with distinction.
Some new entrants have also looked very good in their debut season as Premier League goalkeepers and would be looking to create an enduring legacy for themselves as time goes by.
The sweeper/keeper has become a full-blown thing as Pep Guardiola's insistence on a goalie who is excellent with both hands and the ball at his feet which was mocked last season is now being seen in a new light.
Teams are now starting buildups from the goalkeeper unlike before where "just kick it long" was the mantra.
Here is a look at five of the best safe hands this season:
#5 Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)
It is no exaggeration to say that without the Pole's contributions, the Swans would probably be dead certain for relegation right now.
Such has been the porous nature of the Swansea defence that on many occasions, Lukasz has had to make gravity-defying saves to either keep the score respectable, earn a point or secure a win.
While manager Carlos Carvahal deserves a lot of credit for the performance of the team since he took over, it should be noted that most of the games have either been narrow wins or draws (the exception being the 3-1 thrashing of Arsenal).
These narrow wins/draws have been down to the performances of the goalkeeper as he has refused to let defensive slip-ups affect his game and has continued his performances from where it was under former manager Paul Clement.
He will be key to Swansea hopes of survival and has amazing stats to back up his displays this season.