In today’s blog we’re looking into two of the highest-valued goalkeepers in Europe right now, Jordan Pickford and Alisson Becker. Both these keepers have made numerous stellar performances the throughout the 17/18 season. Making for good competition between the two as we approach the start of the new season, the anticipation is real!
Jordan Pickford – Everton
Everton fans will be counting down the days as their team enters the new season finally looking up rather than down. Jordan Pickford announced himself on the world stage this summer proving himself to be one of the most outstanding goalkeepers globally. With several tremendous performances along England’s fantastic road to the semi-finals. Displaying his cat-like reflexes and highly-skilled distribution; second to none when it comes to other goalkeepers. Pickford arguably was the reason England remained in the tournament for so long, continuously making show-stopping saves; consistently frustrating opponents who just couldn’t seem to get the ball in his goal. Proving worthy of his countries’ record transfer fee paid for a goalkeeper which he has held since signing for Everton last summer. England’s World Cup run came to an end in the semi-final, but Jordan Pickford came home with a heroic status as well as a reputation matched by no other English goalkeeper ever, since Gordon Banks defied the laws of physics and made Pele question his very own existence. Thus, forming tremendous interest in Pickford from a host of top European clubs. Everton look as though they’ve managed to hold on to their man between the sticks. Amounting 10 clean sheets last year, marking him as one of the best goalkeepers in the premier league especially considering Everton’s dire defensive performances all-season-long. He only concedes on average 1.5 goals per game, as well as making 3.2 saves per game with a 70% success rate, stats not to be ignored. He is a solid choice for your #1 this fantasy season.
Alisson Becker – Liverpool
Having arrived in Merseyside this summer, shortly after the World Cup concluded; came Alisson along with a world-record fee paid for a goalkeeper on his shoulders (£66.7m). After an impressive World Cup display for Brazil, in which he beat Ederson to his nations #1 spot, in which he amounted 2 clean sheets in 5 matches, and 0.6 goals conceded per game, making for figures that are very easy on the eye. However, it could be argued that when just going off World Cup performance, Pickford is the better choice, as Alisson was fortunate enough to have Brazil’s top-quality back line in front of him, he only averaged 1 save per game – simply because, there wasn’t often much for him to do. However, when looking at his league stats from last season, it’s clear that this is where he earned his value. Totalling a staggering 17 clean sheets, partnered with 0.8 goals conceded per game over his 37 – game season; this proves Alisson is more than capable of keeping his net from rippling. Finally, he averaged 2.9 saves per game with an 80% success ratio, tremendous stats to take into your first premier league season, eh?
Jordan Pickford could still be the more reliable keeper this draft-season solely because he had less errors leading to goals than Alisson last season (Pickford 3-Alisson 4). But, this can be countered again, as Alisson saved 2/5 penalties, to Pickford’s 1, partnered with a 98% successful take-on rate, backed up with being successful 94% of the time in duels. Alisson also tends to be more accurate passing-wise than Pickford, with a 79% success rate compared to that of Pickford’s (44%).
To conclude today’s blog, I will leave you with this: even though Alisson may seem like the better choice when going off last seasons league stats, Jordan Pickford is NOT to be slept on; he is coming off the back of England’s finest World Cup run since ITALIA ’90, with a large part of the Nation’s success being orchestrated by his performances, confidence is high, with world-class quality bubbling through his veins, I would say these two goalkeepers are nothing short of the same level. Your decision may have to come down to how your league’s point system has been built with our draft system’s customisable categories. Look into that, and you may just find which keeper is the best choice for you, this season.