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Boruc closing in on club record
Chelsea’s Petr Cech is the only Premier League goalkeeper to have enjoyed a better individual season than Saints stopper Artur Boruc.
Boruc took his personal number of clean sheets this term to 14 when he helped blank Swansea in last weekend’s 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.
That ties the Premier League record for a Saints keeper, with another one against Manchester United this Sunday meaning he would pass the mark set by Paul Jones in 2000/01.
Only Cech and Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny, each with 16, have kept more clean sheets this season.
And, when it comes to minutes per goal conceded, Boruc is bettered only by Chelsea’s number one.
Cech is streets ahead of the rest of his colleagues in that department, being beaten once every 127.5 minutes on average.
Boruc, on 99.52, is the only other keeper whose average stands above 90 minutes.
A significant proportion of the credit for that is also owed to the players in front of the 34-year-old, but the statistics are testament to the fine individual campaign he has produced.
When Boruc has not played, Saints’ defensive record has been significantly diminished.
In contrast to him, Paulo Gazzaniga has conceded once every 44.13 minutes on average when he has played this season.
However, despite the statistics, Boruc has not always escaped criticism.
Notably, he committed a high-profile error in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal, while he also conceded a freak goal to Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.
There have been other mistakes too, but, for the most part, the Polish international, who joined the club on a free transfer in September 2012, has proved a safe pair of hands.
Boruc is tied to St Mary’s until the end of next season, having signed a two-year deal last April.
His statistical performance this season puts him ahead of the likes of Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who has conceded once every 87 minutes on average, Everton’s Tim Howard and Manchester United’s David de Gea.
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