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ISL 2020-21: Top five goalkeepers who have impressed so far

ISL 2020-21: Top five goalkeepers who have impressed so far
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Sayan Chatterjee

Published: 24 Dec 2020 9:13 AM GMT

This Indian Super League (ISL) season has seen some end-to-end matches and some wonderful individual performances. While we all talk about a great goal, a brilliant assist or a goal-saving tackle all the time, the ones who often get left behind are the goalkeepers. So today we look at the top five goalkeepers who have been extremely consistent so far and have contributed immensely towards the points that their teams have racked up.

Amrinder Singh (Mumbai City FC)

The 27-year-old former ATK and Bengaluru FC custodian has conceded just three goals in seven matches this season and has been equally good with his hands and his feet. Playing in a team like Mumbai City that hogs most of the position, it is important to stay ready for that one moment where you might be called into action and Amrinder has done that and more. He has a save percentage of 81% as well as a passing accuracy of close to 80%, which is the highest of all goalkeepers in the ISL this season.

Arindam Bhattacharjee (ATK Mohun Bagan)

The ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper has a save percentage of 85% and has kept five clean sheets so far, both of which are the highest of all. He has been an absolute wall for the Mariners and the fact that Antonio Habas can tweak his defensive setup at will is mostly down to the knowledge that the 31-year-old is there to organise the back line efficiently and pick up the pieces. He also has 17 saves so far which is bettered only by TP Rehenesh at this stage of the competition.

https://twitter.com/atkmohunbaganfc/status/1340281078544678912

TP Rehenesh (Jamshedpur FC)

Ex Blaster Rehenesh has made a solid start to life at his new club. He leads the pack with 23 saves in seven matches and also has the second best save percentage with 79%. Jamshedpur’s gradual improvement over the course of the season has a lot to do with the stability that he provides at the back which was visible in the match against Mumbai City where he made three crucial saves as Jamshedpur FC held on for a draw with a man down for two-thirds of the match.

Gurmeet Singh (NorthEast United)

The youngster has been terrific for Gerard Nus’ side this season. Their defence has been the base on which Nus has built his team going forward and Gurmeet has been a big part of that. He has made 13 saves in six games so far with a save percentage of 72%. He also has a decent passing accuracy of 62.5% and is usually reliable with his long balls which have played a part in releasing their pacy wingers. Another impressive thing about him is that he isn’t afraid to tell senior players off when they’ve made a mistake. Still only 21, he has a long road ahead of him but the initial signs are very promising.

https://twitter.com/NEUtdFC/status/1336341471574691840

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Bengaluru FC)

The two-time ISL Golden Glove winner started the season with a little rustiness but has since picked up his pace. He has also made 17 saves this term which is commendable given the fact that the Bengaluru defence has seen a lot of chopping and changing in the first few games. He also staked a claim for the save of the season when he managed to keep out a great Kwesi Appiah header in the match against NorthEast United with the score still at 1-1. The command that he has over the penalty area is probably second to none in the league. With their defence still not exactly settled, Gurpreet’s form under the bar will be crucial for Carles Cuadrat’s side going forward.

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