Goalkeeping is the most specialised position in football. The goalkeeper’s primary role is to prevent the opposing team from successfully moving the ball over the defended goal-line.Goalkeepers are expected to marshal the defence and to keep a clean sheet if possible.A clean sheet matters more to a goalkeeper than a goal matters to a goalscorer.So today,let us have a look at the goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the Premier League history.
Here are the top 12 goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the Premier League history –
12.Shay Given [116 Clean Sheets]
Given started his career at Celtic, however he never made a first-team appearance and he was released and signed by Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in 1994. Given was part of both the Sunderland team who won the Football League First Division title in 1995–96 and the Swindon Town team who won the Football League Second Division title that same season, while on loan from Blackburn Rovers. He was signed by Newcastle United in 1997 for a fee of £1.5 million, and it was there that he began competing to be a first-choice Premier League goalkeeper. Given was part of the teams who came runners-up in the 1998 and 1999.
On 1 February 2009, Given transferred to Manchester City for £6 million on a four-and-a-half year contract. While Given was at Manchester City, the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history after finishing third in the Premier League, as well as winning the FA Cup, though he did not appear in the league in the campaign that City reached the Champions League, nor did he play in the FA Cup. On 18 July 2011, he joined Aston Villa for a fee believed to be around £3.5 million, signing a five-year contract. Four years later, Given joined Stoke City in July 2015.
11.Joe Hart [119 Clean Sheets]
Hart began his career at his hometown club Shrewsbury Town. In 2006, he moved to top-flight Manchester City, having attracted the attention of several Premier League teams. He spent time on loan at Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool in his first season, before spending the 2009–10 season at Birmingham City.
Hart was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year and was voted as the Premier League goalkeeper of the 2009–10 season in recognition of his performances at Birmingham. He returned to Manchester City for the 2010–11 season and won the Golden Glove for keeping the most clean sheets throughout the Premier League season. Hart replicated this feat in the 2011–12 season and was a key player during City’s title-winning campaign.He won the Golden Glove for the third year in a row in the following season, and earned a second Premier League title in 2014. In 2015, Hart once again won the Golden Glove award for the fourth time in five years. In 2015, Hart was praised by Gianluigi Buffon who described him as one of the best goalkeeper in the world.
In the Summer of 2016,Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola sent him on loan to Torino,replacing him with Claudio Bravo.This decision didn’t go well with Man City fans as Joe Hart was a fan favourite at the Etihad stadium.
Joe Hart played 266 games for Manchester City in the league and kept 119 clean sheets.
10.Peter Schmeichel [129 Clean Sheets]
Schmeichel spent 9 years with Manchester United where he won Premier League 5 times,FA Cup 3 times and Champions League in 1999.He then spent a season with Aston Villa and Man City each.
During the 1997–98 season, Peter Schmeichel became the first player to keep 100 Premier League clean sheets.He made 310 appearances in the Premier League,129 of them were Clean Sheets.