The contribution of a goalkeeper is often undervalued, yet it remains arguably the most pivotal role in football, where even the slightest error can have dire consequences for the team.

In modern football, the role of the goalkeeper is continually evolving and is not solely restricted to shot-stopping and defensive organization. They are now the first line of attack, initiating moves, and are seen as playing the role of an extra defender during build-up play from the back.

The Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season witnessed a cohort of goalkeepers demonstrating remarkable progress and prowess. These goalkeepers showcased their exceptional abilities, distinguishing themselves from their peers.

Let's now explore the standout goalkeepers who have been instrumental in guiding their respective teams' campaigns this season.

Phurba Lachenpa (Mumbai City FC)

Clean Sheets - 9

The Golden Glove recipient deserves the top spot on the list. Lachenpa, who has been with the team for a significant period, has now cemented his position as the primary goalkeeper for Mumbai City FC.

The Sikkim-born player managed to keep the joint-highest number of clean sheets (9), alongside Amrinder Singh and Vishal Kaith. Despite playing fewer games than the other two keepers, he boasted the best minutes per goal conceded ratio in the league, which stands at 108.35. Lachenpa, the custodian for the Islanders, played a pivotal role in their outstanding performance this season. His remarkable 71% save percentage ranks as the second-highest in the league.

Through his dedication and hard work, Lachenpa has displayed remarkable improvement in all facets of goalkeeping and aims to further enhance his skills in the upcoming seasons.

Amrinder Singh (Odisha FC)

Clean Sheets - 9

Singh has consistently delivered strong performances for the Kalinga Warriors and has now taken his game to another level with his leadership skills. He exudes confidence with the ball at his feet, a crucial trait for Sergio Lobera’s system. Singh possesses the ability to execute short passes and deliver long balls to find his teammates.

This season, he topped the charts with the most saves (81) and maintained nine clean sheets, boasting an impressive 91.25 goals-per-minute conceded ratio. Singh notably stood out with a remarkable save percentage of 77%, the highest recorded in the league this season.

Vishal Kaith (Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

Clean Sheets - 9

Kaith has been nothing short of exceptional since joining Mohun Bagan Super Giant. The goalkeeper played a pivotal role in their ISL Cup triumph last season.

Despite being just 27 years old, he has consistently been a crucial figure for the Mariners. Kaith featured in every single game for Mohun Bagan Super Giant, accumulating 2250 minutes – the highest among all goalkeepers this season. He consistently rose to the occasion, delivering numerous outstanding performances that helped secure the Mariners' first ISL League Shield.

His height, coupled with his lightning-quick reflexes, greatly enhances his goalkeeping abilities. Kaith also achieved the most penalty saves (3) this season. Alongside Lachenpa and Singh, he contributed to keeping nine clean sheets in the ISL.

Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (East Bengal FC)

Clean Sheets - 7

East Bengal FC endured significant struggles in the goalkeeper position during the past seasons but made a notable acquisition of a highly talented keeper ahead of the current campaign.

Since joining the club, Gill has proven to be a valuable asset, delivering exceptional performances. Despite the Red and Gold Brigade once again finishing outside the top six, their goalkeeper emerged as one of the season's bright spots.

East Bengal FC showcased their strongest defensive record in the ISL this season, securing seven clean sheets, with their shot-stopper playing a pivotal role in this achievement. With his commanding presence and vocal leadership, he effectively marshalled the defensive line while making numerous remarkable saves throughout the season. Gill amassed 54 saves across 21 matches, boasting an impressive save percentage of 68%.

TP Rehenesh (Jamshedpur FC)

Clean Sheets - 5

Rehenesh endured a dip in form last season but has bounced back brilliantly this season. He has performed exceptionally well in guarding the goal for the Men of Steel. The 31-year-old earned the trust of the new coach with his impressive goal-stopping ability and cemented his place in the starting XI.

The shot-stopper played the fewest number of games among all on this list and made 61 saves, which is the fourth-highest in the league this season. He also boasts a stunning save percentage of 70%. In 20 ISL appearances this term, he kept five clean sheets.

Notable Mention

Sachin Suresh (Kerala Blasters FC)

Emerging from the ranks of the Blasters, Suresh earned a promotion to the ISL playing XI this season and made an immediate impression. He quickly established himself as one of the brightest stars of Kerala Blasters FC.

However, an unfortunate injury prematurely ended his season, limiting him to just 15 matches in the league. Suresh garnered praise for his consecutive penalty saves in successive games, a first in the league's history. Despite his truncated season, he managed to secure five clean sheets with an impressive save percentage of 68%.