A goalkeeper who is good enough to win the Copa America is good enough for the Premier League, fact. Alexander Doni was signed by Liverpool in July as cover for Pepe Reina. Sadly for the Brazilian, Reina is one of the league's most consistent goalkeepers, and is rarely injured, so he is yet to make a competitive first team start. Doni was signed from Roma for £1.5 million, where he made 148 appearances. The lowest point of his career would be conceding seven as Roma were crushed by Manchester United in 2007, but later that summer, was his highest point, helping Brazil win the Copa America, making a crucial save in a semi-final penalty shoot-out against Uruguay
David Stockdale may be an England international, but his Euro 2012 chances are being done no good sitting on the bench at Craven Cottage. He went on loan to Ipswich Town earlier this season where he made 18 appearances but was recalled after Mark Schwarzer's injury. He made eight appearances over the festive period, keeping two clean sheets, but is back warming the bench now Schwarzer has returned. If he bides his time a little further, Stockdale will be the club's number one. He is 26 and Schwarzer is 39, so his time will come, it will just require some more patience on his part, and he must continue to seize the opportunities whenever they arrive.
The second Brazilian international goalkeeper in our list, Heurelho Gomes certainly has the ability to be first choice at Tottenham, he was for three seasons after signing in 2008. He has the capability to pull off amazing reflex saves, but can also be prone to the odd moment of madness. Harry Redknapp lost patience with him after one too many last season, and signed the effervescent Brad Friedel to play in goal for the club, and it very much looks like he will be off in the summer. Nevertheless he remains a talented goalkeeper who is capable of being a number one choice for another Premier League club.
Dorus de Vries
Dorus de Vries is a Swansea hero who left the club last summer to try his luck at Wolves. He left in part thanks to the arrival of Dutch international Michel Vorm, but his fortune at Molineux has not been much greater, second in the pecking order behind the impressive Wayne Hennessey. He spent four seasons at Swansea, making 178 appearances in the football league, and after helping the Swans win promotion through the play-offs, few can argue he deserves his shot in the Premier League. Sadly for him, given Wolves' desperate form at present, he could be heading straight back to the Championship if the side are relegated, and he will not have been able to do anything to avoid it.
29-year-old Craig Gordon is expected to leave Sunderland this summer after an injury-hit past two seasons. He was first choice at the Black Cats, but his injuries prompted the club to take chances on Simon Mignolet and Keiran Westwood, and he now finds himself third choice. As a Scotland international, he will be well aware of his need to get back playing regularly, and Martin O'Neill has admitted the club has an 'embarrassment of riches' in goal, and will not stand in Gordon's way as he tries to resurrect his career. Whether that will be in England, or back north of the border, will be an issue for the player to consider in the summer.
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