Recent years have seen goalkeeping revolutionised, with many doubling as playmakers at the back and the likes of Manchester City’s Ederson and Liverpool FC’s Alisson Becker leading the way.
However, Hislop thinks that despite the effect of Ederson and Alisson on their teams’ ability to attack, de Gea is still the most valuable goalkeeper in the league.
“Despite a disappointing World Cup, that’s putting it nicely, David de Gea has been the Premier League’s best by a country mile for the last three or four years,” he told ESPN FC.
“And despite the performances of Ederson over the last season and a touch, and Alisson over the last few games, if I’m picking a team right now, I’d still go with David de Gea.”
De Gea joined Manchester United in 2011 from Atlético Madrid for a reported £18.9m and has gone on to appear 319 times for the Red Devils.
Initially he struggled to deal with crosses, which led to a couple of high-profile errors causing many people to question his ability to play in the highly intensive environment of the Premier League.
He has since strengthened up and settled down, and this has led to him becoming one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeper in the world.
Whilst he does not tend to display any of the play-making attributes that Ederson and Alisson possess, a highlight reel consisting of truly astonishing saves has seen him win Manchester United’s player of the year award a record-breaking four times.
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