Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been in amazing form this season, and has saved Chelsea considerable points on a number of occasions.
The Belgian international is in the form of his life, and stats have revealed that he’s among Premier League’s top three keepers this season.
According to Sky Sports, the global football agency World in Motion’s head of research and analytics Sam Jackson has produced a detailed study of each stopper’s performances this season for his work with the agency’s goalkeeping division GK1 Management.
His shot-stopping model looks at two different factors – how well a ‘keeper responds to a shot on target and the difficulty of each shot faced.
Shot response’ is gauged by how well a ‘keeper deals with a shot faced – was it held at the first attempt, held at the second attempt, parried to safety, parried back into the danger zone, or was a goal conceded?
Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois ranks fifth in this section.
The ‘difficulty’ part of the model factors the location from where a shot was taken, shot destination, shot power and whether the keeper’s view was impaired.
Jackson’s data suggests that of the ‘keepers at top six clubs, Courtois has faced the most difficult shots this term – despite only conceding 15 league goals – followed by De Gea, Karius, Mignolet and Cech, and received the highest ranking.
At the end of the ratings combined, Thibaut Courtois ranked 2nd.
When combining the two parts of the model, the study finds De Gea to be the top shot-stopper at a top six club, with a 74 per cent rating.
Courtois ranks second overall (67 per cent), followed by Lloris (64 per cent), Cech (61 per cent), Karius (52 per cent), Mignolet (50 per cent) and Bravo ranking lowest with just 28 per cent.