The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been absolutely delighted with the performances of Ederson this season since he signed for the club from Benfica last summer.
Very little was known about Ederson when the Brazilian international arrived at the Etihad Stadium in July 2017, but it’s fair to say the only way was up after Claudio Bravo’s horror-show season in-between the sticks. The indications during the early weeks of the season were that City had grabbed themselves a fine talent, and that notion has been firmly validated by the consistency of his performances throughout the season.
Ederson (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) quite simply oozes composure and confidence in everything he does, and his ability to read the game has effectively handed City an extra centre-back this season. Pep Guardiola has always placed passing and possession based football at the centre of his philosophy and Ederson has certainly proven to be both willing and capable of embracing that philosophy with both his distribution and positioning.
Whilst it’s easy to get wrapped up in the quality of Ederson’s footballing ability, his shot-stopping ability and commanding presence in the penalty area are perhaps only rivalled by David De Gea in the Premier League, so the importance of his presence within City’s squad simply cannot be underestimated. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the Citizens have rewarded him for his fine form with a contract extension which will keep him at the Etihad until 2025 according to the club’s official website.
Yaya Toure recently admitted on his departure from the club that his finest achievement at City was putting United in their shadow. If the blue half of Manchester want to reign supreme over the red half then there is still plenty of work to be done and trophies to be lifted, and Ederson will represent a key figure in that long-term ambition.
City’s unprecedented achievement of reaching 100 Premier League points proves that the winds of change in Manchester are blowing in the direction of the Etihad stronger than ever. Ederson’s decision to commit his long-term future to the club suggests they are building the foundations of a side who are capable of swinging the balance in power and finally getting sweet revenge for the years of subordination they endured whilst United simultaneously taunted their ‘noisy neighbours’ and gloated about their enormous success.
At just 24-years-of-age, Ederson will become a true legend of the club if he continues to build upon his near-perfect opening to life in English football, so City’s decision to extend his contract should certainly represent an ominous sign for United and the rest of the Premier League’s top-six clubs.
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