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Opta Index Player of the Season

Posted on 19 May 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller has been named our statistical Player of the Year by Opta Index.

Here are Opta's findings...

OPTA INDEX LTD

Spurs Player of the Season, 2002-03: Kasey Keller

Kasey Keller was the only player to appear in all 38 of Spurs Premiership matches in the 2002-03 campaign.

In that time the USA international made 148 saves, the second-highest tally in the Premiership behind fellow countryman Brad Friedel of Blackburn.

The 33-year-old averaged almost four saves per game and kept five clean sheets — the last of which came in Spurs’ 1-0 win at Aston Villa in mid-January.

Keller’s tall frame helped him catch 66 of the 72 crosses he tried to claim and on other occasions he managed to fist the ball clear 19 times.

With Lars Hirschfeld and Neil Sullivan waiting in the wings to take over if need be, Keller will need to maintain his form next season if he is to hold on to the number one jersey.

There is little doubt, however, that had it not been for his exceptional performances between the sticks this term, Spurs may well have conceded more than 62 goals in their 38 league outings.

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Kasey Keller
Appearances38
Minutes played3,420
In the Area
Goals conceded62
Clean sheets5
Goals-conceded-per-game1.63
Saves Made
From shots inside box82
From shots outside box66
Saves-to-shots ratio %70%
Saves-per-game3.89
Catching
Punches19
Catches66
Dropped catches6
Catch success rate %92%
Long Distribution
Long kicks upfield812
Accuracy rate %46%
Short Distribution
Throws / short kicks46
Accuracy rate %98%
Index score979

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