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5 Great Goalkeepers With The Most Assists In Premier League History

While goalkeepers are best-known for their ability to stop their opponents from scoring, their part in creating goals should not be overlooked.

Against Manchester United in January, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson brilliantly set up Mohamed Salah to secure a 2-0 win, while a superb long ball by Manchester City’s Edersonallowed Sergio Aguero to score against Huddersfield Town in August 2018. 

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.

Robinson joined Leeds United at age 16, becoming professional aged 18, and made 119 appearances for the club, 95 of which were in league matches, and scored a goal in a League Cup tie.

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).

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Robinson made his full international debut in a 3–1 friendly defeat against Australia on 12 February 2003. His competitive international debut came a year later in a 2–1 victory over Poland, during a qualification match for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

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.

During his time at Arsenal, he won three league championships (1991, 1998, 2002), four FA Cups (1993, 1998, 2002, 2003), the League Cup in 1993 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994. During this time he also played for England in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, and Euro 96 and Euro 2000.

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.

  • Pepe Reina – 4 assists

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club Lazio.

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The son of famed Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Pepe Reina began his career with the Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000/2001 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2002, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup twice.

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.

Following eight consecutive seasons as Liverpool’s first-choice keeper, Reina spent the 2013–14 season on loan at Napoli, where he was reunited with Rafael Benítez, the coach who signed him to play for Liverpool in 2005.

  • 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.

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Schmeichel played the bulk of his career for United, eight years in total. With United, Schmeichel won five FA Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

  • Tim Howard – 3 assists

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.

Howard began his career with the North Jersey Imperials, before making a move to the MetroStars. His appearances soon attracted the attention of English Premier League club Manchester United, who signed him in 2003. He enjoyed relative success with the club, as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003/2004 FA Cup and the 2005/2006 League Cup.

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