In his column for the Daily Mail today, Carra hailed the £25m-rated Spaniard's 'amazing' performance against Liverpool, and tipped him to win the prestigious personal award:
"De Gea could be player of the year. He is now the [Premier League's] No 1, having just edged past Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. If he maintains this consistency, it might be hard to overlook him".
As much as it pains me to admit, De Gea is having an excellent season for Man United, and he's big reason why Van Gaal's team are in the top four right now. That said, is he really more effective than Courtois?
* De Gea: 22 goals conceded in 17 games (1.3 per game)
* 5 clean sheets (29% of games)
* 50 saves (2.9 per game)
* Courtois: 14 goals conceded in 18 games (0.7 per game)
* 8 clean sheets (45% of games)
* 32 saves (2.1 per game)
In my view, Carra is vastly overstating De Gea's ability and impact. How can he be the best if he concedes more goals in LESS games, and (on average) achieves fewer clean sheets?
It's like arguing that Graziano Pelle is a better striker than Sergio Aguero, i.e. totally inaccurate. Pelle has scored some goals this season, but when it comes to numbers, Aguero is clearly the more effective goalscorer.
Courtois is clearly the more effective goalkeeper. Even allowing for Chelsea's superior defence, conceding only 14 goals in 18 games is superb, and is a mark of the Belgian's current superiority.
How does De Gea compare with Simon Mignolet? Actually, let's not go there...
Author: Jaimie K