If you thought David De Gea was the best keeper in Europe this season be prepared to be proved wrong.
Yes, the Spaniard has made some unbelievable saves this year, has basically been responsible for a lot of Manchester United’s points and had that game against Arsenal but he is not at the the actual best keeper doesn’t play in the Premier League.
In fact, he doesn’t even play in any of Europe’s top flights – he comes from the Championship.
That’s right Wolves’ no.1 John Ruddy currently has the most clean sheets among any goalkeeper in Europe right now.
Wolves are absolutely flying nine points clear at the top of England’s second division and a lot of it has to do with Ruddy’s ability to keep out the opposition.
Out of his 28 league games he hasn’t conceded a goal for 15 games which puts him out in front on his own in the list of Europe’s stingiest shot stoppers.
De Gea is in hot pursuit just one behind the Wolves man, tied with Derby’s Scott Carson and Alberto Cifuentes from Cadiz in Liga2, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one further back on 13 one ahead of Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois.
Manchester City’s midfielder/part time keeper Ederson has just a paltry 11 shut outs this year.
Although Ruddy is leading, De Gea has played four less league games and could easily surpass him with United’s defence having conceded the joint fewest goals this year.
However Barcelona’s keeper ter Stegen looks set to end the year with Europe’s golden gloves.
Ter Stegen has 13 clean sheets from just 20 league matches and amazingly has seen the ball fly past him into the net only nine times in the league.
Conceding nine goals in 20 games is 1990s AC Milan levels of defending.
Barca have brought in Yerry Mina in January to further bolster their back line and with MATS between the sticks they could even reduce that number in the second half of the season.
Who said attack was the best form of defence?