While goalkeepers are best-known for their ability to stop their opponents from scoring, their part in creating goals should not be overlooked.
With that in mind, let’s look at the top 5 goalkeepers who have most assists in the EPL history:
- Paul Robinson – 5 assists
Paul William Robinson is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper in the Premier League and Football League for Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley. He is a former England international, earning 41 caps between 2003 and 2007.
He also was voted Leeds United’s Player of the Year in 2003 by the supporter’s club. In 2004, following Leeds’ relegation from the Premier League to the Championship, he moved to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
He played in 175 matches for Tottenham, including 137 Premier League matches, and scored another goal (this time in a Premier League match, whilst he also won the 2008 League Cup with the club).
He retired from international football on 8 August 2010. He has 5 goal assist which makes him the goal keeper with the Highest goal assist.
- David Seaman – 4 assists
In a career lasting from 1981 to 2004, he was best known for his time playing for Arsenal. He won 75 caps for England, and is the country’s second-most capped goalkeeper, after Peter Shilton. In 1997, he was awarded the MBE for services to football.
As well as Arsenal, he also played in the Premier League for Manchester City, as well as making appearances in the Football League for Peterborough United, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.
José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club Lazio.
Reina moved on to Liverpool and made his debut in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, which Liverpool won. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and went on to win both the FA Cup where he saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final and the FA Community Shield.
In 2007, he reached the Champions League Final with Liverpool, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but Liverpool lost to Milan.
- Peter Schmeichel – 3 assists
Peter Bolesław Schmeichel is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is best known for his most successful years at English club Manchester United, whom he captained to victory in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final to complete the Treble.
He also won the UEFA Euro 1992 with his country Denmark. Following his showings on the international scene, Manchester United signed Schmeichel on 6 August 1991 for £505,000, a price described in 2000 by Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as the bargain of the century.
Timothy Matthew Howard is a former American professional soccer player who played as a goalkeeper. He last played for USL Championship club Memphis 901 FC, a club of which he is a minority owner and sporting director. He is also international ambassador in the US for former club Everton.
Howard is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in American soccer history. Howard was named to the 2003/2004 PFA Premier League Team of the Year and was awarded the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Glove.