With the upcoming Premier League season edging closer, fantasy teams are in preparation mode, just as much as their real-life equivalents. In this respect, decisions as to the perfect line-up have to be taken seriously and players have to be assessed diligently before any purchase decisions are made. Sounds serious and it truly is serious. In this context, we look at three Premier League picks for the goalkeeping position, and it will ultimately be your wallet that defines as to whom you would want to go for.
Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski had a great first campaign at the Liberty Stadium last season, when he turned out to be one of the Swans’ key performers. The 30-year old Poland international conceded 46 goals in 37 Premier League appearances and managed to keep an impressive 13 clean sheets, ultimately making him the strongest Fantasy League performer of the season in the goalkeeping position. Manchester United’s David de Gea for example, only managed 11 clean sheets in as many games as Fabianski. Likely to be available for around £5 million, the Polish goalkeeper is certainly a safe bet, especially given the Welsh club’s recent purchase of French left-back Franck Tabanou who will add even more stability to an already decent defensive unit.
Another interesting prospect is former England international John Ruddy who returns to the Premier League with newly promoted Norwich City. The shot-stopper had an impressive season in the Championship and only conceded 48 goals in 46 games, with the added bonus of 14 clean sheets along the way. Especially away from home, Ruddy showed safe hands and Norwich’s defence ended up becoming the second strongest in away games. With a price-tag of around £4.5 million to be expected for the goalkeeper, this option seems to be one of the best choices in goal. Surely, Ruddy’s ambitions to one day return to the England set-up will play its part and at 28 years of age, the Englishman should be in his prime.
Finally, there will obviously be the option to go big, literally as well as in terms of pricing and status. In this sense, Petr Cech might just have the season of his life at new employers Arsenal. The Czech international and Chelsea legend does not only come with a reputation, but with the genuine ability to win the club some extra points. Not having played much last season, due to Thibaut Courtois’ arrival at Chelsea, Cech can still look back 333 Premier League appearances with an incredibly impressive 166 clean sheets. In addition to this, the goalkeeper has maintained a ratio of 0.73 goals conceded per game throughout his Chelsea career, compared to Courtois’ 0.94 last season. He might have an arguably weaker defensive unit ahead of him in Arsenal but this might not make too much of a difference to a goalkeeper of this class. Cech is likely to cost £5.5 million and might end up becoming the Premier League’s goalkeeper of the year.