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Is there anything better in football than seeing a goalkeeper reach a corner?
They all stare in anticipation, waiting to see the impossible happen before our eyes.
Most of the time, the corner is clear, and that’s it. But, on rare occasions, we see our unlikely hero emerge Jimmy Glass-style.
But who in the Premier League is most likely to give us this almost unprecedented moment? Here’s a ranking of each Premier League starting goalkeeper based on their scoring ability.
20) Sam Johnstone – West Bromwich Albion
Goalkeepers using their feet? Big Sam doesn’t like any of that nonsense. Get back on your line and do your job.
19) Lukasz Fabianski – West Ham United
As the oldest starting goalkeeper in the Premier League, Fabianski is probably the oldest. It will stay in its six-yard box.
18) Aaron Ramsdale – Sheffield United
The former Bournemouth player finishes third on this list. Mainly because Sheffield United has no one capable of creating an opportunity for them.
17) Karl Darlow – Newcastle United
He couldn’t even score a goal during his conference loan. Pathetic, Karl. PATHETIC.
16) Alex McCarthy – Southampton
The last Premier League goal scored by a goalkeeper came against Southampton. Is that relevant? Not particularly. 16th place for you, Alex.
15) Bernd Leno – Arsenal
In terms of goals, nothing about Bernd Leno stands out one way or another. German is 15th by default.
14) Edouard Mendy – Chelsea
He got caught between Leno and Mendy for 14th place. He pitched the question to the Sportslens team, who concluded that Mendy “looks a little crazier” and was “more likely to throw himself into a last minute corner.”
13) Robert Sanchez – Brighton and Hove Albion
No one expected Robert Sánchez to force Mat Ryan out of AMEX. It must have been his scoring prowess that earned him a starting XI spot.
12) David de Gea – Manchester United
Good for foot stops. Maybe I can try to save him at the bottom of the opponent’s net.
11) Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
Pro: he loves to get out of line.
Con: Mourinho will not leave anyone but Kane e Son in the last third.
The winner of the World Cup narrowly misses the top half.
10) Vicente Guaita – Crystal Palace
He scored a goal last season. Unfortunately, it was on the wrong network. Even closer than anyone on this list has come.
9) Alphonse Areola – Fulham
More like Alphonse AreTARGETto! (… Sorry)
You can’t play for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain without having an eye for goal. Well … you probably can if you’re a goalkeeper, but hey.
8) Nick Pope – Burnley
Like Allardyce, Sean Dyche also doesn’t like to play from behind, so Nick Pope’s technical ability suffers. He’s about 90 feet tall, though, so he could be useful for a last minute play.
7) Rui Patricio – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Patricio is the only man on this list who has played with Cristiano Ronaldo. Maybe you’ve picked up a thing or two.
6) Illan Meslier – Leeds United
Illan Meslier is the youngest starting goalkeeper in the Premier League, making him the one most likely to do something wild according to my prejudiced mind. Expect a Maradona-style solo goal soon.
5) Emiliano Martínez – Aston Villa
Five of the top six goal scorers of all time are South American. That has to count for something, right?
4) Alisson – Liverpool
Despite his horror show against Manchester City last weekend, Alisson is usually quite reliable on his feet. He once recorded an assist against Manchester United as well.
Although, if Jurgen Klopp looks for goals from his goalkeeper, it would be better if he went for Adrian.
3) Jordan Pickford – Everton
England fans may remember Jordan Pickford emphatically shooting a penalty in the UEFA Nations League third-place knockout shootout against Switzerland in 2019. On the other hand, he may not.
2) Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City
Peter Schmeichel is one of only five goalkeepers to score a goal in the Premier League. In fact, he scored 11 times in his illustrious career.
Kasper hasn’t thrown one out as of now, but he’s capable of kicking the ball further than most.
1) Ederson – Manchester City
Was there ever going to be another winner?
Ederson is excellent on his feet, loves to get out of line, and is apparently the best penalty taker in Man City. Given his recent struggles from the spot, it can’t be long until the Brazilian steps up to grab one.