The 2016/17 Premier League is now six games old and we’re starting to see a few trends begin to develop.
Unfortunately for Sunderland fans, the Black Cats have already taken up their customary position down at the bottom of the table. Whilst, further up the league, Liverpool has emerged as one of the most exciting teams in the division with their free-scoring form.
But what about keeping goals out? Well, according to data from The Sun, we know the “worst” goalkeeper in the Premier League this season. And, surprisingly, the honour currently belongs to a shot-stopper who is supposed to be one of the very best.
Having correlated the data over the first couple of months of the new season, The Sun has revealed the save percentages of the 19 ‘keepers with the most appearances in the league this campaign.
And the man between the sticks with the worst save rate? That unwanted title goes to Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois.
Often heralded as one of the finest ‘keepers in all of Europe, the stats show it has been a difficult start for the Belgian international. Through his first six appearances, Courtois has faced 17 shots, conceded nine goals and, therefore, made just eight saves.
That translates to a save rate of just 47 percent.
That poor ratio puts the 24-year-old behind all of his fellow shot-stoppers with at least four appearances this season.
In sharp contrast, the man between the sticks for Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham tops the list – Hugo Lloris boasting a 78 percent save rate with seven saves from nine shots faced.
Petr Cech, Courtois’ predecessor on the Chelsea goal, is also well ahead of the Belgian so far with a save rate of 71 percent.
After a decent start to the campaign, Chelsea have certainly endured a tough few weeks with consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal coming on the back of a 2-2 draw with Swansea.
Whilst the majority of fans have taken aim at a lack of creativity in the final third as well as issues with their back four, it looks like their star goalkeeper hasn’t been living up to his lofty reputation either.
If Antonio Conte’s men are to improve their form and rise up the standings, they will need Courtois to rediscover the form that saw him make a seamless transition into the number one spot when Cech parted ways with the Blues.