This weekend proved disastrous for English goalkeepers, with only Chris Kirkland performing to a relatively good standard, conceding just one goal to Liverpool.
However, it is England’s top 4 goalkeepers: Paul Robinson, David James, Scott Carson and Ben Foster that we should be worried about.
Paul Robinson has been in abysmal form this season for spurs, the 4 goals on Monday night just one example of how poorly he has been playing, as at least 2 of the goals can be attributed to his mistakes.
David James also conceded 4 goals – although against a Reading side that conceded 7 – this is still no excuse, even if they were all more luck than judgment. He was, however, coming off the back from 3 strait clean sheets – a little more savoury statistic than anyone else can show.
Scott Carson, whilst having performed better than Paul Robinson, still let in 4 goals this week – which, as for the others, is just not good enough.
Ben Foster, I have only included on the back of his call up to England last year, although I haven’t seen him play yet – which can hardly help his efforts for an England call up.
So, who should be England Number 1?
Should it be David James – officially (via Actim stats) the premierships, and England’s number one – goalkeeper from last year? Should it be England’s current number 1 – Paul Robinson, who is heading for a record number of international clean sheets, despite poor league form? Or should it be one of the up and coming 2 in Ben Foster, who had a great season last year, but has yet to stake his claim to the Manchester United team sheet, or Scott Carson, who’s form for Aston Villa has been quite good. Or, should it be Chris Kirkland – as voted for by Wigan fans on the Vital Wigan site?
Personally, I would stick with Paul Robinson, despite David James being better – as to replace Robinson would destroy his morale – but who would you go for?
Written by pompeycarpet.
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