The Premier League has seen an entertaining start to the 2021-22 season with teams strongly challenging for the top spots. As always, the league has seen some high-scoring games, resulting in some entertaining displays.
Amidst all the goals scored, there have been some amazing performances at the back. Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded only four and six goals respectively so far in 11 Premier League matches.
Premier League have some of the best goalkeepers in the game
The role of the goalkeeper in the modern game is no longer underrated. From making saves to helping build the game from the back, the man between the sticks is a key personnel for any winning team.
Some of the most successful teams have the most productive of goalkeepers. Few Premier League goalkeepers have done a fabulous job in keeping their team in the game by producing some amazing saves. On that note, let's take a look at the goalkeepers who have made the highest number of saves so far this season.
Honorable mentions: David de Gea (Manchester United) & Nick Pope (Burnley)
Note: All stats via FBref
#5 Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace, under new manager Patrick Vieira, are looking a different team altogether. The Eagles have a renewed identity and fighting spirit about themselves, which will surely be of massive help in the Premier League.
Having won 15 points from the first 11 games, Crystal Palace sit nicely in 10th place in the league table. Interestingly, they have lost only two of the eleven games, conceding 14 goals in the process. A lot of credit goes to goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for that. The Spanish goalkeeper has been sharp and made some spectacular saves using his reflexes.
The 34-year old has made 31 saves so far this season in the Premier League with a save percentage of 68.9. With the start Crystal Palace have had, they can surely hope for a top-half finish and Guaita will have to play a major role in helping achieve that.
#4 Jose Sa (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Following the departure of Rui Patricio, Jose Sa joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer transfer window. It took time for the Portuguese goalkeeper to get recognition in his career but better late than never.
It is safe to say that Sa has done pretty well to fill Patricio's reputed shoes. His aggressive and passionate approach has helped Wolves stay in the top half of the Premier League table.
Sa has made 35 saves so far this season with a commendable save percentage of 79.5. His impressive performances have helped him earn a call to the Portugal national team.
#3 Tim Krul (Norwich City)
The Premier League has some well experienced goalkeepers and Tim Krul is definitely one of them. The Dutch shot-stopper has been on the books at Norwich for more than three seasons now.
The newly-promoted side are having a tough time in the Premier League this season, having secured only five points from the first 11 games. Norwich also parted ways with manager Daniel Farke recently, appointing Dean Smith as his replacement. However, Krul has been a major presence for the Canaries between the sticks.
He has used all the experience at his disposal to try and keep Norwich from conceding, but he will need more support from his defenders. To date, Krul has made 37 saves this season at a rate of 60.7 per cent. He will be a key player if the Canaries are to avoid relegation this season.
#2 Illan Meslier (Leeds United)
Leeds United have been quite inconsistent with their performances in the Premier League ever since they were promoted last season. Marcelo Bielsa has done a fine job with the Whites but a little more consistency can do wonders for them.
One of the most impressive performers under Bielsa has been Illan Meslier. The young French goalkeeper has been very bright at the back using his sharp reflexes and amazing shot-stopping abilities. Over time, it is expected that the former Lorient goalkeeper will achieve bigger things in his career.
Meslier has done a very fine job for Leeds United this season, making 37 saves already in 11 matches. With a save percentage of 68.5, he's one of the most efficient goalkeepers in the Premier League right now.
#1 Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
The son of legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel hasn't let his father down one bit. Kasper Schmeichel had a phenomenal time at Euro 2020 this summer and has carried his good form into the new season in the Premier League.
With his contributions, the Danish goalkeeper has already attained legendary status at Leicester City. His consistent performances between the sticks have been more than helpful for the Foxes over the years. Interestingly, the former Notts County goalkeeper hasn't missed a single Premier League game for the Foxes since the 2016-17 season.
Kasper Schmeichel has made 37 saves this season at a rate of 69.2 per cent. His commanding presence at the back will be important to Leicester City's aspiration to play in the UEFA Champions League next season.