Manchester United’s David De Gea has come under flack since his shaky performance for Manchester United in the Community Shield. A less than impressive start to the Premier League campaign has many observers to describe the young Spaniard as Manchester United’s weak link.
With this in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the Premiership’s worst ever goalkeepers. So here is my top five. Feel free to make your suggestions.
Admittedly Thomas Myhre had a tough act to follow at Goodison Park, being Neville Southall’s replacement. However even with that in mind, the Norwegian had a dire time at Goodison Park. Despite some glimpses of decent form for the Toffees, Myhre was infamously weak on crosses, and an appalling shot stopper.
Despite this, Myhre was capped a whopping 56 times for Norway. Though with mistakes like these, it is tough to comprehend how.
Without doubt, one of the most notorious goalkeeping errors of recent times is Peter Enckelman‘s unforgivable mistake for Aston Villa against rivals Birmingham City. Taking his eye off the ball, Enckelman allowed Olof Mellberg’s throw-in to slip under his foot and into the net, giving Birmingham their second goal in an eventual 3-0 win.
Though Enckelman was a half-decent keeper prior to this, it is fair to say he never recovered from it, leaving the club the following year.
Another calamitous keeper is Manuel Almunia. Though performances such as the second leg of this season’s Champions League tie with Barcelona show Almunia has the ability, his all-too-frequent mistakes pulled the rug from underneath Arsenal’s feet too many times.
Some Gunners fans even go as far as to suggest the flapping Spaniard cost them titles. What is certain is that along with Jens Lehmann, Almunia’s unreliable performances contributed greatly to the defensive uncertainties that continue to haunt Arsenal in the post-Seaman era.
In my opinion, one of the worst goalies to grace the Premiership and perhaps the worst ever to grace an England shirt is Scott Carson. Ever since his promising days at Leeds United, Carson has never been able to cut the dreadful mistakes out of his game.
With his dream-shattering performance against Croatia remaining as a shameful legacy, it is no surprise Carson ran away to Turkey to bury his head in the Bursaspor sand.
Ask any fan of the Premiership to list awful keepers and most will utter those fateful two words: Massimo Taibi. Despite a promising debut away at Liverpool, Taibi’s shambolic defence of a tame Matt Le Tissier effort will be remembered for a long time.
Taibi only played four games for United but caused enough of a stir to be talked about to this day.