With the exception of Vito Mannone, cross flapper extraordinaire Simon Mignolet is arguably the most heavily criticised goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The Liverpool stopper has frequently been forced to the carry the can for his sides’ frequently farcical defence this term, as he was last time around and speculation has raged for many months that Brendan Rodgers is looking for a net-minding alternative.
Victor Valdes was the safer pair hands the Ulsterman was initially keen on but, with that deal looking increasingly unlikely, Fiorentina’s Neto is the rumoured fall back.
The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the year and could be subject of a January bid from the Merseysiders, who are eyeing a bargain.
Based on this season’s statistics, the 25-year-old would represent just that, gazumping his Belgian counterpart in several key goalkeeping fields.
The Tuscan capital club’s keeper leads the way on the clean sheet count, shutting out five Serie A foes from nine so far, compared to the paltry two Mignolet has managed in ten Premier League games.
Fiorentina are far from a dominant force in the Kingdom of Calcio either, lying tenth after nine matches so this shut out stat is a solid indicator of the great form Neto is in.
His goals shipped per game average is lower than the former Sunderland stopper’s at 0.67 compared to 1.3, while Neto can trusted to make more saves before conceding too.
Mignolet keeps out 1.67 attempts before leaking based on this season’s numbers.
Neto’s mean, by contrast, is a much-improved 2.33.
He’s never dropped a cross he’s attempted to claim this term either, whereas the Liverpool man is only successful in 93 per cent of his endeavours in this field.
The only area in which Mignolet is superior is average saves made per match, with his two besting the 1.56 of La Viola’s onion bag warden.
Judging from these figures, Neto could well prove the solution to Liverpool’s goalkeeping woes.