Simon Mignolet has been made to be a bit of a joke this season, which is unjustified. As Liverpool’s standard has dropped after failing to properly replace Luis Suarez, Mignolet has received more criticism because of this. How? Why? Who knows. But statistics are in his favour, with much of his good work going unnoticed.
Steven Gerrard’s final Premier League season has not been what he had hoped. The side altogether have struggled to score goals, and they have dropped out of the top four. Things have not been great for the Reds. They are losing their captain, a year after losing their world class player.
Despite being a supposed second rate ‘keeper, Simon Mignolet is in the running for the Golden Glove. He is level on clean sheets (thirteen) with Joe Hart, Lucasz Fabianski and Fraser Forster. None of these goalkeepers have truly gotten the recognition they deserve this season, but none of the above have faced the same criticism as Mignolet. He is a credit to his side in their time of trouble.
On top of this, Mignolet has improved on last season. He had just ten clean sheets for last year. So how can he be so poor for this year? More blame is being put on the goalkeeper for the poor management and partial demise of the squad. Mignolet is not to blame for the fact that Brendan Rodgers did not adequately replace last season’s departed top goal scorer.
Mignolet has been voted Liverpool’s Player of the Year for the 2014/15 season. Does this not speak volumes of the calibre of the player he has become at Anfield? It could have gone to their legendary Steven Gerrard as part of a fitting tribute before he leaves for America. But Mignolet is a worthy winner for the performances he has put in, and for making sure he is first choice ‘keeper, particularly after being dropped earlier in the campaign.
Manchester United’s David de Gea has had the season of his life, and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois could not have asked for more from his first season in England. The quality of these two have made it harder for any other goalkeeper to get a look in, Mignolet included.
With two games left, the Golden Glove could be yet be lifted by Mignolet. and only then might people actually start taking the Belgian seriously.