Our sure to be most talked about rankings, the Goalkeeper Rating Index, is on it’s way. Making saves and keeping clean sheets are fine and dandy, but there’s so much more to the position that meets the eye, from distribution to handling and other key factors. The ones who’ve missed out on our rankings may well need to sharpen up in some of those area
Without further adieu, we present the most notable misses from our upcoming rankings!
Index Rating: 48.32
Though he was one of, if not the best keeper in the Bundesliga last season for a surprise Hoffenheim package, Baumann’s stats are relatively pedestrian across the board, with distribution and his penchant for making silly errors in recent years catching up with him.
Index Rating: 48.58
Whether he is the real deal or just another overrated Englishman who shone on a bad team remains to be seen, but aside from decent handling stats and keeping errors to a premium, the Everton man still has a ways to go.
Index Rating: 50.09
A four-time Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year winner, most recently in 2015/16, Mandanda returned to Marseille following a stop-start season at Crystal Palace. Though the accolades suggest he’s still one of the best in France, his stats aside from handling tell a somewhat different story.
Index Rating: 51.96
The ex-Real Madrid prospect has had a solid run at Real Betis and is a penalty saving specialist to some degree (saving 33% of pens face since 2014/15), but it’s safe to say Los Blancos don’t have any regrets about letting the former backup to San Iker go.
Index Rating: 53.58
To be fair to the Belgian, he’s looked pretty respectable since regaining his place near the midway point of last season. But years of inconsistency have undoubtedly hurt his credibility. He can at least take pride in the fact he’s one of the best penalty stoppers (50% since 2014/15) the game offers.