Onana and Pickford unexpectedly lead the Golden Glove race

Photo of Andre Onana.

The race for the Premier League Golden Glove award is highly competitive. Both Manchester United’s Andre Onana and Everton’s Jordan Pickford are currently at the top with six clean sheets each. However, six other goalkeepers are just one clean sheet behind, and numerous others are in close competition. As we enter the busy festive period, let’s take a closer look at the top contenders for the Premier League prize. The fact that Onana from Manchester United is leading the race might come as a surprise.

The goalkeeper from Cameroon has encountered difficulties adjusting to life in England, evident in a series of notable errors. However, it’s important to highlight that his predecessor, David de Gea, clinched the award last season with 17 clean sheets, 11 of which were earned at Old Trafford. Therefore, the Cameroonian’s chances hinge significantly on the improvement of Erik ten Hag’s team in their home performances.

Tied with him at the summit with six clean sheets is England’s international Pickford from Everton. This achievement mirrors Everton’s recent excellent form, with Sean Dyche’s squad securing victories in their last four Premier League matches without conceding a goal.

Other Competitors

Following closely behind Onana and Pickford are six goalkeepers who have achieved five clean sheets in the current season. This group comprises Alisson of Liverpool, Sam Johnstone of Crystal Palace, Bernd Leno of Fulham, Nick Pope of Newcastle, David Raya of Arsenal, and Guglielmo Vicario of Tottenham.

In assessing these contenders, the spotlight is likely to shift toward teams contending for the league title or aiming for Champions League qualification. Alisson holds an impressive track record, having previously secured the Golden Glove in 2018-19 and shared it with Ederson in 2021-22. The Manchester City goalkeeper has not conceded a goal in four games in the 2023-24 season, a trend expected to improve swiftly in the second half of the campaign.

Unfortunately, Pope, who achieved joint-second with 14 clean sheets last season, is sidelined due to injury. Vicario’s commendable record includes four clean sheets before the absence of defender Micky van de Ven for Spurs, making him a potential contender upon the center-back’s return.

Similarly to Onana, Arsenal’s goalkeeper Raya has faced notable challenges, yet he has secured five clean sheets in just 12 games. Notably, the Gunners have accumulated a total of seven shutouts, with Aaron Ramsdale in goal for two of them. Last season, the English international played 14 games without conceding.


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