Manchester City spent £35 million to sign goalkeeper Ederson in the summer but the Brazilian shot-stopper has already made the fee look like a bargain with his superb displays and the Citizens have released a video compiling all his saves and it is going viral, with good reason.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 5, 2017
Ederson, who is currently on international duty with Brazil, has been impressive since his June 1 arrival. Immediately displacing Claudio Bravo as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice goalkeeper, the 24-year-old vindicated his club’s faith with a string of performances.
The former Benfica keeper has conceded just two goals in the Premier League as City have emerged as the most impressive team in the English top-flight.
After seven games played, City top the table with 19 points and have made an equally impressive start to their UEFA Champions League campaign (two wins from two) as well.
And Ederson’s calm influence has been a major factor towards their rise, for their defence, which was a shambles at times last season, has surprised many with a string of clean-sheets.
From the 5-0 win over Liverpool in August to last weekend’s 1-0 win at Chelsea, Ederson has shown immense versatility in goal, collecting crosses and making flying stops with consummate ease.
The game against Liverpool was crucial, for Ederson made key saves early on and got Sadio Mane sent off by bravely coming off his line to head clear a long-ball intended for the Senegalese winger.
Mane eventually crashed into Ederson, but not before the keeper had got the ball to safety and the Liverpool man’s high-boot challenge was deemed dangerous by referee Jonathan Moss, who promptly sent him off.
Against defending champions Chelsea too, City’s custodian was impenetrable, making a smart stop to deny Blues winger Eden Hazard while calmly collecting the plethora of crosses the hosts sent inside his box as the Sky Blues notched an impressive 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
City host Stoke City next on October 14after the international break concludes and Citizens fans will be hoping Ederson and co can keep their searing form intact against the Potters.