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Vito Mannone Premier League’s Most Cost Effective Keeper

Wed 11th Jun 2014 | Money & Finance

Vito Mannone, Sunderland’s Italian goalkeeper and the Black Cats player of the season, has topped off a great inaugural season with his club after being awarded the ‘Super Saver Cup’, an award for the goalkeeper who proved best value for their club in 2013/14 Premier League season.

According to the research launched by savings and investment provider Scottish Friendly, Mannone made a save on average every 19 minutes of game time and cost his club just £3,847 per save – 96 per cent cheaper than the going-rate for a Premier League goalkeeper this season.

The 26 year-old keeper joined Sunderland at the start of the season on a two year contract and made an immediate impact on the club, including saving two penalties in a shootout against Manchester United in the Capital Cup semi-finals, which saw Sunderland qualify for the finals at Wembley. Mannone’s status as the Premier League’s top ‘Super Saver’ is underpinned by his modest weekly wage of £10,000. 

On average, Premier League goalkeepers made a save once every thirty minutes, at an average cost of £113,712 a save. Coming in a close second and third behind Mannone were Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) and Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) respectively, while the busiest goalkeeper over the last season was Swansea’s Gerhard Tremmel who was forced into a save on average once every 17 minutes.

 Neil Lovatt, savings and investment expert at Scottish Friendly said: “There is an expectation on Premier League footballers being paid a hefty salary, but for the club it’s about ensuring value for that money.

“Mannone has been a great signing for Sunderland, walking away with 11 clean sheets this season and helping secure a cup final at Wembley. He has been a rock for the club and what is probably most pleasing for the fans is that he has been saving them money as well as goals.”

Best value goalkeepers in the 2013/14 Premier League season*:



Weekly salary

Mins played

Mins per save

Cost per save

Mannone, V






Guzan, B

Aston Villa





Speroni, J

Crystal Palace





*Players that have played over 1000 minutes of football in the 2013/14 season


The worst value goalkeeper in the Premier League was Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur, who made a save on average once every 101 minutes of playing time and, because of the high salary he commands, each one cost his club £1,273,206. The next two worst value goalkeepers were Petr Cech from Chelsea and Joe Hart from Manchester City.

Worst value goalkeepers in the 2013/14 Premier League season*:



Weekly salary

Mins played

Mins per save

Cost per save

Lloris, H






Cech, P






Hart, J

Manchester City





*Players that have played over 1000 minutes of football in the 2013/14 season

Image: Action Images / Lee Smith Livepic

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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