During the summer transfer window, there was plenty of movement between goalkeepers in the Bundesliga. As soon as one keeper moved, it seemed to trigger another and so on. There’s no doubt, that there is a depth of quality in German goalkeeping at the moment but which keepers in the Bundesliga are worth looking out for this season?
At the age of 23, Bayer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno has been attracting the attention of Real Madrid and it’s easy to see why. Leno’s consistency is remarkable, having missed only two games over the last three seasons and he is the youngest German keeper to ever play in the Champions League. A great shot stopper, with good reflexes and the knack of saving penalties, Leno is one to look out for in both the Bundesliga and Champions League this season. A great record of 23 clean sheets in 48 competitive matches last season, highlights why Leno is being watched by European football’s biggest clubs.
Check out Leno in action here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKOUECpKUDE
Having moved from relegated SC Freiburg in the summer transfer window, Roman Burki would have been forgiven for expecting to be on the bench for Dortmund this season. However, the Swiss has started ahead of the experienced Roman Weidenfeller and has 4 clean sheets in 6 competitive matches to date. Good in one-on-one situations, Burki is also a strong shot stopper and at just 24 years of age, has plenty of time to improve further. Despite playing for a team which was relegated last season, Burki managed to keep 9 clean sheets in the Bundesliga, which underlines his quality.
One glance at these saves will show why Dortmund opted to sign Burki this summer >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yei8evU4ePc
A new addition to the Bundesliga this season is Finland international goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. The Bratislava born player is Finland’s first choice and had a trial with Manchester United back in 2010, before deciding to look elsewhere for first-team football. Standing at 6 foot 3 inches tall, Hradecky is the perfect size for a goalkeeper and kept 5 clean sheets in 6 games during the Europa League qualifiers for his new club Eintracht Frankfurt. One of Hradecky’s key assets is his ability to play the ball at his feet, something which is vital for success in the modern game and he is also very quick off his line.
With Eintracht currently sitting 4th in the Bundesliga table, it’s been a good start to life in Germany for Hradecky, who kept 15 clean sheets for former club Brondby last season.
Watch Hradecky in action here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E2OBcJA_Tk
These are just three of many great goalkeepers currently operating in the Bundesliga. With many twists and turns throughout the season, which goalkeeper do you think will prove to be invaluable to his team?