De Gea is the best Premier League goalkeeper: Statistics

Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 19:26 PM IST

London: Manchester United’s David De Gea has saved more goals than another goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, statistics have revealed.

According to football data supplier Opta, De Gea saved 79 percent shots and is followed by Manchester City’s Joe Hart (78.4 percent) and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina (71.1 percent).

On the other hand, Swansea City midfielder Mark Gower has created more goal-scoring opportunities per game (4.39) this season than Manchester City’s Samir Nasri (4.33) and David Silva (3.69), and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (2.94).

‘Goal Probability Added’ (GPA) is the stat many experts believe would capture how much each player’s actions over the course of his career increased the chances of his team scoring, the Daily Mail reports.

The data also shows that Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has better shot-conversation rate (47.1 percent) than Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez (44.4 percent), Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (34.6 percent) and Edin Dzeko (34.6 percent), and Bolton Wanderers’ Ivan Klasnic (42.9 per cent).