There is arguably not a single position in football as important as that of a goalkeeper.
Be it making a flying save, diving at a player’s feet or coming out to catch a dangerous cross, goalkeepers play a crucial role in how their teams perform in every competition, and the ADNOC Pro League is no exception.
After 19 matchweeks of the season, several goalkeepers have impressed, making the headlines as they helped their respective teams collect points with save after save.
The race for the 2021-22 Golden Glove is heating up, as trio Abdulla Sultan Al Nasri, Fahad Al Dhanhani, and Adel Al Hosani battle it out to earn the honor of being the ADNOC Pro League's best goalkeeper for the current edition.
Al Dhafra goalkeeper Al Nasri leads the charts for most saves with 67 saves in 16 appearances, Bani Yas' Al Dhanhani follows with 65 saves in 19 matches, while Al Hosani is a fair bit behind on 46 from his 19 games.
In terms of distribution, it is Al Dhanhani who leads the way with 328 accurate passes including 78 into the opposition’s half, followed by Al Hosani’s 276 including 52 in the opposite half while Al Nasri has completed 251 passes and 103 passes in the opposition half.
Clean sheets stats favour Al Hosani who has stopped opponents from scoring for the full 90 minutes on eight occasions, followed by Al Dhanhani’s four clean sheets while Al Nasri has one clean sheet to his name.
Several goalkeepers make an appearance at the top end of the save percentage records, with Al Wahda goalkeeper Mohammed Al Shamsi sitting first with 77%, followed by Al Jazira's Abdulrahman Al Ameri, and Shabab Al Ahli's Majed Nasser with 75%.
Bani Yas’ Al Dhanhani comes fourth with 74% and Al Dhafra goalkeeper Al Nasri sits fifth with 73%.