An error that directly results in an opposition goal is one of the few things that can make a Premier League football player blush, and these 10 players have experienced it more than once.
Any player who makes a potentially game-changing error will undoubtedly come under close examination because of the various camera angles, round-the-clock punditry, and social media hyena packs.
We examined the 10 players in the English top division who have made the most errors that resulted in goals for the opposition since the 2017–18 season began, using statistics from the Premier League website.
- Petr Cech – 6
Cech is a Premier League legend but was very much at the tail end of his career when making six clangers for Arsenal in 2017-18. No wonder they replaced him with Bernd Leno immediately after the season concluded.
- Ben Foster – 6
The full-time Go-Pro wearer has rarely played in sides that were anything other than relegation fodder and the relentless barrage of opposition attacks perhaps makes mistakes inevitable. Foster has made six during the last five years, encompassing spells with West Brom and Watford.
- Ederson – 6
Yes, Ederson is arguably the best goalkeeper in the word. Some of those long-range passes he regularly pings about the Etihad are filthier than a miner’s shovel.
But the Manchester City custodian isn’t immune from dropping the odd b*llock or two. Well, six to be precise over his five seasons in England.
- Alisson – 8
The two best sides in the Premier League – Liverpool and Manchester City – have the best two goalkeepers. That is unquestionable. But Alisson has made two more goal-costing errors than his Brazilian counterpart, each one causing Jurgen Klopp to gurn angrily on the touchline.
The Liverpool shot-stopper has saved his side on numerous occasions in the past and has helped transform the Reds backline into an intimidating force. And at least he’s not Loris Karius.
- Bernd Leno – 8
Arsenal’s replacement of Cech in the summer of 2018 went about as well as Unai Emery’s time in charge at the Emirates.
Although Leno’s career in England began well, a combination of lost confidence and playing behind a shambolic defence saw the number of errors begin to creep up. He was replaced by Aaron Ramsdale in the starting XI for the 2021-22 season.
- David de Gea – 9
De Gea has been one of United’s standout performers during a miserable time in their history but the goalkeeper has made some pretty big howlers over the past five years.
Following a tricky start to his Manchester United career, the goalkeeper went on to establish himself as one of the best in the world, winning the club’s Player of the Year award four times.
But, after a rocky couple of seasons, he’s seen off the challenge of Dean Henderson to retain possession of the No. 1 jersey at Old Trafford.
- Martin Dubravka – 9
After joining Newcastle United in January 2018, Dubravka became one of their steadiest performers and won the club’s Player of the Year award in 2019-20.
It remains to be seen whether Eddie Howe will buy a new goalkeeper with his lottery winnings this summer but the Slovakia international’s nine errors may come into his thinking.
- Asmir Begovic – 10
Despite making just 64 appearances in the Premier League since the start of 2017-18, Begovic has still made 10 errors leading to opposition goals.
The Bosnia & Herzegovina goalkeeper made his mistakes while playing for Bournemouth under Eddie Howe and the most error-prone keeper in Premier League history remains in the division at Everton.
- Hugo Lloris – 10
Lloris has been a wonderful servant for Tottenham Hotspur over the past decade, keeping goal with distinction during the best period of their modern history.
But the World Cup winner has still made 10 errors that led to opposition goals in the Premier League over the last four and a half years.
- Jordan Pickford – 13
As he showed in Everton’s recent victory over Chelsea, and for England, Pickford is capable of making some astonishing saves and his energy between the sticks appears infectious.
But he’s made 13 errors leading to goals since 2017, including that mistake for Divock Origi’s winner in the Merseyside derby in December 2018.