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Hello, it’s me, Bob Friendly.

I am delighted to announce that Watford’s goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has won the annual Scottish Friendly Super Saver Award.

As a savings and investment provider, Scottish Friendly is keen on the performance of football’s best savers. The hard work keepers put into saving under great pressure can be held up as example to us all. But it’s not just all about how many shots you save! We’ve delved a little deeper than that. Our highly prized Super Saver algorithm uncovers the goalies that have proven their ‘net’ worth to their clubs. Winners will have not only made beautiful saves this season, but will have also been the most cost-effective for their teams.

Gomes has made a save made every 26.93 minutes of game-time at a cost of £6,142 a save, which makes the keeper a stunning 82 per cent more cost-effective than others in the League.

Last year we awarded Burnley’s Tom Heaton with this accolade. He made a save every 26 minutes of game-time, and each cost his club just £6,000 per save, which was 93 per cent more cost-effective than other keepers!

We’ve recreated one of Gomes’s best saves here, but to have a closer look at the statistics and see our table of the best value goalkeepers in the 2015/16 Premier League season, click here.

Our annual Best Save of the Season Award goes to Manchester City’s Joe Hart, and this just goes on how much we were awed by this particular save, which we’ve recreated with our Subbuteo set! Watch it here.

This year, we’ve also created a new award for Best On-Target Saver. Again, using a highly complex algorithm, which re-imagines the Premier League table as if goalkeepers didn’t exist, we found Tottenham Hotspur to be top of the table! Here is our ‘alternative’ Premier League table based on results using shots on target as the score:

Team W D L Shots on target Shots + / – Pts League table + / –
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1 Tottenham Hotspur 28 4 6 249 116 133 88 2
2 Manchester City 27 4 7 211 113 98 85 2
3 Liverpool 27 4 7 202 133 69 85 5
4 Arsenal 22 6 10 212 146 66 72 -2
5 Leicester City 22 4 12 180 143 37 70 -4
6 West Ham United 22 4 12 186 166 20 70 1
7 Southampton 20 6 12 168 139 29 66 -1
8 Manchester United 17 7 14 144 124 20 58 -3
9 Chelsea 16 4 18 174 177 -3 52 1
10 Bournemouth 14 9 14 141 152 -11 51 6
11 Newcastle United 16 3 19 151 179 -28 51 7
12 West Bromwich Albion 14 5 19 106 149 -43 47 2
13 Crystal Palace 14 2 20 143 161 -18 44 2
14 Everton 12 6 18 164 171 -7 42 -3
15 Swansea City 11 8 18 135 160 -25 41 -3
16 Watford 12 5 22 139 169 -30 41 -3
17 Norwich City 11 5 21 127 168 -41 38 2
18 Stoke City 11 4 23 125 169 -44 37 -9
19 Sunderland 9 3 26 143 222 -79 30 -2
20 Aston Villa 7 3 28 111 191 -80 24 0

To celebrate their win, we’ve recreated one of Hugo Lloris’s best saves! Watch it here.

Phew! Until next time folks, keep saving!

Kind regards,

Bob Friendly


No advice has been provided by Scottish Friendly. If you are in any doubt as to whether a savings or investment plan is suitable for you, you should contact a financial adviser for advice. If you do not have a financial adviser, you can get details of local financial advisers by visiting www.unbiased.co.uk. Advisers may charge for providing such advice and should confirm any cost beforehand.