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if he doesn't, all in on Pope.
Pope's really underrated. As well as being genuinely elite at dealing with crosses and shot-stopping (PSXG-GA), he's also second only to Alisson in most sweeper metrics - something he doesn't get much credit for.

I like Sanchez at Brighton too. Obviously Donnarumma's great, and likely available for the right money.

For my money though, David Soria's been the best keeper in Europe this season. Every time I've watched Getafe this season he's stood out hugely, and stat-wise he excels at everything you'd want. He's 28 in a couple of weeks, which maybe goes against him (although he's younger than Emi Martinez) - but he's an unbelievably good sweeper keeper while also being Schmeichel-levels of physically imposing in 1v1s. He's statistically the best in Europe at dealing with crosses - both frequency and success rates. He also has a really unique distribution style.
 
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Pope's really underrated. As well as being genuinely elite at dealing with crosses and shot-stopping (PSXG-GA), he's also second only to Alisson in most sweeper metrics - something he doesn't get much credit for.

I like Sanchez at Brighton too. Obviously Donnarumma's great, and likely available for the right money.

For my money though, David Soria's been the best keeper in Europe this season. Every time I've watched Getafe this season he's stood out hugely, and stat-wise he excels at everything you'd want. He's 28 in a couple of weeks, which maybe goes against him (although he's younger than Emi Martinez) - but he's an unbelievably good sweeper keeper while also being Schmeichel-levels of physically imposing in 1v1s. He's statistically the best in Europe at dealing with crosses - both frequency and success rates. He also has a really unique distribution style.
I don't watch any Burnley games but how much sweeping can he do in their defensive set up?

He must be very impressive if that's the case.
 
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I don't watch any Burnley games but how much sweeping can he do in their defensive set up?

He must be very impressive if that's the case.
https://fbref.com/en/comps/9/keepersadv/Premier-League-Stats

He's second in the league to Alisson in terms of number of Defensive Actions Outside Penalty Area per 90. Also second (tied with Ederson) for distance from goal of those defensive actions.

Like you say, it's surprising given Burnley's defensive setup. Also surprising to me because of Pope's size.

He did a lot of sweeper stuff last season too, but he's kicked it up a notch since then:

2019/20


Remember seeing a chart recently too that showed he's also best in the league in 1v1 situations. I'll have a look for it tomorrow if nobody else posts it.
 
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https://fbref.com/en/comps/9/keepersadv/Premier-League-Stats

He's second in the league to Alisson in terms of number of Defensive Actions Outside Penalty Area per 90. Also second (tied with Ederson) for distance from goal of those defensive actions.

Like you say, it's surprising given Burnley's defensive setup. Also surprising to me because of Pope's size.

He did a lot of sweeper stuff last season too, but he's kicked it up a notch since then:

2019/20


Remember seeing a chart recently too that showed he's also best in the league in 1v1 situations. I'll have a look for it tomorrow if nobody else posts it.
Thanks for this, I was actually going to suggest Dmitrovic and he comes out really well in those stats.

If we're looking in the league, I think Meslier at Leeds look like a hell of a prospect. Can't see him in there.
 

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https://fbref.com/en/comps/9/keepersadv/Premier-League-Stats

He's second in the league to Alisson in terms of number of Defensive Actions Outside Penalty Area per 90. Also second (tied with Ederson) for distance from goal of those defensive actions.

Like you say, it's surprising given Burnley's defensive setup. Also surprising to me because of Pope's size.

He did a lot of sweeper stuff last season too, but he's kicked it up a notch since then:

2019/20


Remember seeing a chart recently too that showed he's also best in the league in 1v1 situations. I'll have a look for it tomorrow if nobody else posts it.
Thanks. Will keep an eye out for him in the England games if he plays.
 

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In a scenario where Henderson doesn't cement his position as our new no 1, what is the likelihood we sell him and do a De Gea + $ for Oblak swap deal with Aletico?

Seems like Hendo would bring in good money in the EPL given age, nationality, contract.

Not that I want Hendo sold, but if he's insistent on being a first choice next season and De Gea wants to unite with his family and be Spain's no 1, it could be a win for all parties involved.
 

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In a scenario where Henderson doesn't cement his position as our new no 1, what is the likelihood we sell him and do a De Gea + $ for Oblak swap deal with Aletico?

Seems like Hendo would bring in good money in the EPL given age, nationality, contract.

Not that I want Hendo sold, but if he's insistent on being a first choice next season and De Gea wants to unite with his family and be Spain's no 1, it could be a win for all parties involved.
I'd say that the chances of us being able to move the highest paid player in the Premier League on in a swap deal is very slim. I fear we're stuck with De Gea.

Selling Henderson might be a possibility - he should be given the remainder of the season to show whether he's up to it as our #1.
 

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I hope we don't sleep on Ajax's Andre Onana because of his 1 year doping ban. 24y old and cheaper than Oblak and Donarumma.

As a sweeper keeper he's the closest thing to Neuer. It's impressive to watch him confuse the halfway line for his goal line.

We've seen Hendo coming off his line more than Dave having a positive influence.

I don't think his ban will prevent clubs from buying. They'll just include a few extra clauses like Barca did with Suarez.

I'd say that the chances of us being able to move the highest paid player in the Premier League on in a swap deal is very slim. I fear we're stuck with De Gea.

Selling Henderson might be a possibility - he should be given the remainder of the season to show whether he's up to it as our #1.
Oh definitely, a swap is dependent on Dave's priorities. But I think there's a real possibility his family and his national team spot could affect his choice.

Taking a pay cut isn't as rare as people make it out to be, sidelined players do it all the time. I don't buy the general notion that his salary prevents him from being benched. Sunken cost fallacy and stuff.

Even those that have strong doubts on Hendo think it makes sense to give him a run with an eye on the future.