The A-League is well and truly at the pointy end of the season now with fans having had plenty of time to watch goalkeepers ply their trade between the posts.

Onlookers have watched, whistled and chanted “you’re s***, aaaaaah” at keepers across the country, paying attention at times to get a gauge of the sort of quality on show.

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But here at The Football Sack we want to give you the ultimate gauge.

This “gauge to end all gauges” will choose the league’s strongest shot-stopper this season based on an array of statistics, as seen in the table below:

4. Glen Moss

It is a bit of a head-scratcher but Newcastle injury replacement Glen Moss has earned his spot in fourth shutting out Jack Duncan, the man whom he filled in for for nine matches.

The former New Zealand national team keeper kept three clean sheets at a ratio good for 2nd in the competition for those having played five matches or more.

His distribution accuracy sits at 70.7%, the 4th strongest in the league for the category (Duncan sits 17th!).

Moss also has not been directly at fault for any goals – the only keeper do have done so – whilst his healthy saves-per-concession ratio of 2.5 secures his position in this list.

The statistics don’t lie!

3. Vedran Janjetovic

It is said that when Forrest Gump’s mum came up with the famous box of chocolates saying, she was actually thinking about Vedran Janjetovic.

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The Croatian has days where his reflexes are a cut above, which is clearly illustrated by the fact that his tally of 95 saves is 22 more than any other keeper.

At the same time the Wanderers stopper leads the league in goals caused with eight and averages an arduous eight matches per clean sheet.

The 30-year-old is another with a saves-per-concession ration of 2.5, but it is his sublime distribution statistics that guarantee his appearance on this list.

2. Paul Izzo

Fine margins between the top two positions here. Paul Izzo’s passing statistics are solid without being spectacular, while his saves-per-concession ratio of 2.6 is good for 3rd overall.

 

However, what sets the Reds keeper apart is his uncanny knack of saving penalties.

Of the eight penalties saved in 2017/18 Izzo lays claim to three, including a wonderful stop on Bruno Fornaroli last weekend to save a crucial result.

Still only 23, the former Olyroo has plenty of years left to top this list.

1. Jamie Young

A beast between the sticks, Young has overcome adversity and usurped Michael Theo to become an A-League keeping sensation.

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The Brisbane goalie has one more clean sheet than Izzo and an elite saves-per-concession ration of 3.05, almost 0.5 better than the chasing pack.

His 73 stops is the 2nd most in the competition, all while conceding a miserly 24 goals in 19 games behind a suspect Roar defence.

To cap it off Young has won A-League Save of the Round four times since the new year, including this beauty:

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