The superstar Brazilian goalkeeper is surely this season’s best signing, right?
After a wild and crazy transfer window that saw a huge investment in the defense of the squad that included Benjamin Bendy for around £52m, Aymeric Laporte for £59m and Kyle Walker for around £48m, it is perhaps Guardiola’s best siging was Ederson Moraes from Benfica for £36m. Even at that price which is a Premier League record for a goalkeeper, Ederson has showed his poise and great skill all this season.
Guardiola, famous for instituting a Keeper Sweeper type goalie in his squads that had led to great success at Barcelona with Victor Valdez and at Bayern Munich with Manuel Neuer, brought in the Brazilian to much fanfare over whether he would succeed in England.
He did succeed and it was not just for his goalkeeping abilities. A poised player out of the back who made all the difference in helping City accomplish great things this season.
All City fans remember the pain that Claudio Bravo brought out in all of us when he misplaced a pass coming out of the back in the drubbing given at the hands of a ruthless FC Barcelona 4-0 in Pep’s first couple months in charge. It would not be Bravo’s only mistake so when Ederson came over from Portugal, Guardiola set his expectations high for him. I think it is safe to say he exceeded them after a great season, netting the League title with 100 points and the Carabao Cup. Not to mention the lowest goals against with 27.
In Ederson, Pep found his ideal goalkeeper.
Maybe it is no wonder that Ederson ended up playing for Guardiola.
The Brazilian grew up idolizing Rogério Ceni, the former Brazil international who is the top-scoring goalkeeper of all time with 131 goals in his 25-year career at São Paulo.
From a Guardian Article:
“He is my only idol and will always be my main inspiration,” Ederson said. “I still watch many of his videos making amazing saves and showing his quality to start his team’s play from the back. His quality was extraordinary.”
Claudio Taffarel, the 1994 World Cup winner and current Brazil goalkeeping coach, says of Ederson: “Pretty cold-blooded” is the description used by Taffarel, though he emphasises that Ederson is not the finished keeper: “He still has room to improve his decision-making.”
It is with that, that we close in saying the best may yet come for a great player to keep getting better. And all City fans want that.