Former Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is threatening a Premier League record held by Arsenal legend David Seaman.
Now at Watford, Gomes saved the Hornets a point on Saturday with a save from Glenn Murray’s penalty at Bournemouth. The Brazilian has now saved six Premier League penalties which, far from being a record total, gives him the second best penalty save ratio in Premier League history.
In total, Gomes has faced 21 penalties and saved six of them. 28.6% is not bad at all.
However, it isn’t quite the best. Arsenal and England legend David Seaman saved seven of the 22 penalties he faced in the Premier League, a huge 31.8% for the Yorkshireman. Should Gomes save the next penalty he faces, he will match Seaman’s record. The worst part? Watford’s next game is against the Gunners.
Current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has also faced 21 penalties in the Premier League, making four saves. At 19% he has the fourth best penalty save ratio of current Premier League goalkeepers. The Czech international spent 11 years at Chelsea and is yet to face a penalty since he joined Arsenal in the summer; maybe he’ll improve his record whenever the time comes.
For now, though, Seaman remains the undisputed Premier League penalty king. Let’s hope that doesn’t change anytime soon.