SUNDERLAND’S Vito Mannone was the Premier League’s best-value goalkeeper of last season, according to a new survey.
Mannone – who was the Black Cats’ player of the season - made a save every 19 minutes, and each cost his club just £3,847 – 96 per cent cheaper than the going rate for a top-flight keeper.
The Italian topped a great inaugural season with the club by being awarded the ‘Super Saver Cup’, launched by savings and investment provider Scottish Friendly.
The 26-year-old keeper joined Sunderland at the start of the season on a two-year contract and made an immediate impact.
He saved two penalties in a shootout against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, which helped Sunderland reach the final at Wembley.
His status as the Premiership’s top ‘Super Saver’ is underpinned by his modest (by Premiership standards) weekly wage of £10,000.
The award follows research that was conducted by Scottish Friendly, which shows that on average, premiership 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), while the busiest goalkeeper over the last season was Swansea’s Gerhard Tremmel, who had to make a save every 17 minutes.
Neil Lovatt, savings and investment expert at Scottish Friendly, said: “There is an expectation on Premiership 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.”
The worst value goalkeeper 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.