The role of the 'Sweeper Keeper', is it about passing the ball as part of the team, as Manchester City and Claudio Bravo have encountered plenty of difficulty with this season, or is it more about being on the pulse and ready to charge out to mop up at the first sign of danger, and just generally knowing when to 'get rid'?

A goalkeeper who can sense danger early and has the ability to burst forward to clear the ball is like having an extra defender on the field at any given time.

As far as the Premier League's 'Sweeper Keepers' are concerned, it is Leicester number one Kasper Schmeichel who is leading the way with 13 such clearances to his name.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

The Danish international, just like his father Peter, is always keyed in to what is going on in front of him and is always lightning quick to spring and boot the ball to safety up-field.

Schmeichel narrowly leads Swansea number one Lukasz Fabianski, who has 12 sweeper clearances to his name in nine games. Arsenal's Petr Cech, Watford's Heurelho Gomes and West Ham's Adrian all have 11 each so far this season.


Perhaps Bravo, ought to do more of the clearing and less of the passing. His mistakes with the ball at his feet have cost Manchester City several times already in his short time at the club. The Chilean has made eight sweeper clearances in the Premier League, the same as ex-City stopper Shay Given and one fewer than Sunderland youngster Jordan Pickford.

The 10 Premier League Goalkeepers With Most '​Sweeper Clearances' So Far in 2016/17:

GoalkeeperClubSweeper Clearances
​Kasper SchmeichelLeicester City13
Lukasz Fabianski​Swansea City12
Petr Cech​Arsenal11
Heurelho Gomes​Watford​11​
Adrian​West Ham United​11​
Jordan Pickford​Sunderland​9​
Claudio Bravo​Manchester City​8​
Shay Given​Stoke City​​8
Hugo Lloris​Tottenham Hotspur​7​
​Simon MignoletLiverpool​7​

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