A lot of Crystal Palace fans are raving over goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after a tweet from OptaJoe showed he is the highest performing goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues for goals prevented, based on their Expected Goals on Target data.
Clearly fans are right to be excited about the player with him preventing 9.6 goals, according to OptaJoe, leaving him above Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who is ranked second with 8.7. Guaita, per Transfermarkt, also has three clean sheets in his last three games, helping Palace claim nine points and pushing them 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
The Spaniard arrived from La Liga side Getafe in July 2018 on a free transfer, and this statistic highlights how good the signing was.
The goalkeeping position at the club was one that needed filling after club legend Julian Speroni had occupied the position for 16 seasons, via Transfermarkt. And Guaita, undoubtedly, has filled that spot well.
Here is what fans are saying about the goalkeeper:
9.6 – The highest performing goalkeepers in Europe's top five leagues this season for Goals Prevented, based on Opta's Expected Goals on Target data:
9.6 | Vicente Guaita
8.7 | Martin Dubravka
7.4 | Wojciech Szczesny
7.2 | Dean Henderson
7.0 | Walter Benítez
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 18, 2020
My keeper is a keeper
— !!!efil rof elgaE (@asante_man) March 18, 2020
My keeper @vguaita13
— Osian Davis 🇪🇺🏴 (@osian_davis) March 18, 2020
Guaita = best Spanish GK in the PL
— Jack McCutcheon (@JackMcC98) March 18, 2020
And he was a free transfer. Great deal.
— Sean CPFC (@SH20CPFC) March 18, 2020
No surprise to those of us watching @vguaita13 week in week out, though we had hoped to keep it a secret for a while longer… 🤫
— Peter Hyams (@PeterHyams) March 18, 2020
People still sleeping on Guaita 😴
— Daniel Angus (@DanielAngus6) March 18, 2020
The best @vguaita13 💪🏼🦅
— Joel (@joelcpfc_) March 18, 2020
Can Crystal Palace afford to lose Vicente Guaita?
Palace fans, can Guaita get to the same status as legend Julian Speroni did at the club? Comment below!
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