Jan Oblak stats put ex-Atletico Madrid No. 1s Courtois, De Gea in shade
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak kept yet another clean sheet during his 100th appearance for the club last weekend -- with the stats showing he's outdone the records of previous Colchoneros shot-stoppers and current Premier League stars Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea.
Signed from Benfica in 2014 for €16 million, Oblak had a rocky start to life at Atletico and was dropped following mistakes in his debut 3-2 defeat in a Champions League group game at Olympiakos in September of that year.
He then regained his place as a starter due to an injury to Miguel Angel Moya the following February -- entering as a substitute in a Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Bayer Leverkusen and saving a penalty in the shootout as Diego Simeone's side advanced.
But since then Oblak has been generally outstanding -- and he marked his century of appearances with a 58th clean sheet for the club in Saturday's comfortable 2-0 La Liga win at Malaga. Such form has understandably seen him linked with many of the Premier League's biggest clubs, with United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham among those to feature in speculation through recent years.
Over the course of that time the Slovenia international has conceded just 63 goals -- a record which stacks up comfortably to those of current Chelsea keeper Courtois and Manchester United's De Gea during their respective stints at the Vicente Calderon.
Belgium international Courtois kept 49 clean sheets in first 100 games for Atletico while on loan from Chelsea between 2011 and 2014, conceding 89 goals over that spell.
Former Atletico youth-teamer and current Spain No. 1 De Gea had 22 clean sheets in his 84 senior games for his boyhood club, letting in 112 goals before he left for Old Trafford in summer 2011, although all of these appearances came before Simeone arrived and instilled a far greater defensive solidity at the club.
Even current Colchoneros reserve Moya has an excellent record of 30 clean sheets in his 60 games for Atletico -- with just 47 goals conceded in total during his time between the posts.
Playing behind a well- organised defence under Simeone's orders does have its advantages -- but even still Oblak's record at Atletico compares favourably with everyone else.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan