5) Jack Butland
Butland will be set for a huge season with Stoke City this time after his injury struggles last season. The potential England no 1 has already given some massive performances this season, particularly against Arsenal, the aftermath of which, he received accolades from Steven Gerrard. While the Potters are not the heavy favourites for keeping clean sheets, the signings of Zouma and more recently Kevin Wimmer suggests otherwise. In Shawcross’ leadership, the young defenders from France and Austria respectively will complete a strong defence with Butland at the back. If Hughes’ side does gel together, Butland might just win the Golden glove before the World Cup next summer.
4) Petr Cech
The evergreen shot-stopper was guilty of two of the three goals Arsenal conceded on the opening day against Leicester; nevertheless, he came back with a string of solid performances particularly against Liverpool, even though the scoreline did not suggest so. It was only due to Cech’s experienced and fine goalkeeping that Arsenal conceded just four goals against Klopp’s men. Arsenal’s defence has always been a cause for concern; nevertheless, if Arsenal can shore up their defence, they are still contenders to win the title. Follow our football predictions here.
3) Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman was at fault for Chelsea’s second goal in the recent game in the premier league, as Spurs dropped three points in the final minutes. It was an uncharacteristic error from the calm and composed Lloris. Spurs, under Pochettino, are known for their defensive resolute and organisation. Thus, there is little doubt that the club will once again find their feet after a shaky start to the season. Sanchez’s arrival only further strengthens an already firm backline. Lloris thus stands a massive chance of winning the golden glove this time around.
2) Thibaut Courtois
Under Italian influence, it was conceivable that Chelsea would have a strong, compact defence. After all, it was their defenders that received huge praise from the fans and the pundits for their renaissance after having conceded three inside 45 minutes against Arsenal. The Blues went on to keep the cleanest sheet last season handing Courtois the golden glove. The club have reinforced their defence with Rudiger and Christensen, both of whom have already been very impressive. Therefore, Courtois would be gunning for yet another golden glove at the end of the season.
1) David De Gea
Courtois may have edged the Spaniard for the golden glove last season; however, De Gea looks heavily armed for winning it this time. Part of this assertion is Manchester United’s renewed confidence under Mourinho this season. The club finally look like their old self after a couple of jaded seasons under Moyes and Van Gaal. The attack looks threatening as ever with Lukaku, Pogba and Martial firing on all cylinders. However, it is their stability at the back that has been the most impressive. Matic’s arrival has provided a new shield for the United backline, while Bailly himself is developing into a fine defender. Combining the strong back line with De Gea’s reflexes and reactions is just a frightening prospect and thus makes De Gea a strong candidate for the golden glove.