This is our City: Ederson's the Keeper to take City to the next level, thoughts on Sanchez to City

9 June 2017

Ederson's the Keeper to take City to the next level, thoughts on Sanchez to City

Manchester City's latest signing has me extremely excited, City's new No1 Brazilian Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes has it all. City were first linked with Ederson in 2015 before Benfica signed him, I was extremely disappointed and especially now that we find ourselves paying 3 times the fee for him. Not that he's not worth the money, I am over the Blue Moon that we've finally captured his signature. I was a huge fan of Joe Hart up until he constantly failed to shake the monkey off his shoulder, was sorry to see him go but I think Guardiola was correct in shipping him out. Joe's still be best England have in between the sticks, managed to keep his place in the England squad so every body's happy.

With the right Defence in front of him we will be a formidable side, this is by far our signing of the season no matter who else we sign.

Lets look at Ederson Moraes:

Full name is: Ederson Santana de Moraes

Aged 23 and standing 6ft 2inches Ederson is strong in the air and off his line, a great shot stopper from both short and long range.

For Benfica last season he made one Assist and was rewarded for 2 Man of the Match performances.

In 2016/17 Uefa Champions League Ederson kept 3 clean sheets and saved 1 Penalty for Benfica.

2016/17 for Benfica across the board

Saves made 56
Saves caught 4
Saves parried 23
Saved shots inside the box 28
Saved shots outside the box 28
Catches 22
Punches 7
Crosses not claimed 1
Total passes 764
Pass accuracy 65.3%
Completed Passes 54
Successful distribution 233
Unsuccessful distribution 92
Clean Sheets 22
Penalties Saved 2
Discipline: 4 Yellow Cards 1 Red card

As you can see his pass accuracy and distribution is relatively high for a Goalkeeper, exactly what Pep was looking for and what Manchester City require. Along with that we gain a Goalkeeper that likes to save and catch when he can. Ederson is strong at intercepting corners, something we've struggled with lately.

He has the ability to pick out players in advanced positions with powerful accurate long balls and can hit them almost the entire length of the pitch. This will add spice to our passing game, another weapon against teams that play high up the field like Pep's City do.

Ederson Moraes only one weakness is his Discipline but, he's still relatively young at age 23 so it's not such a big deal. I'm 100% sure Manchester City and Guardiola can take Ederson to the next level, exciting times now that we have the best of Brazilian up front and in goal.

Ederson's coming to an entirely new and tougher league so will need patients from my fellow City faithful but, one thing stands out and that that, this lad has it all to make it to the top.

Sanchez to City

Earlier I re-tweeted Gerard Romero's tweet on Arsenals Alexis Sanchez imminently signing for Manchester City, I'd be a little sceptical but it's Gerard Romero and he's certainly in the now for sure with a reasonable track record so I'm going with this one. Arsenal fans are split on this one, while you have your die hard fans aka the anti Clichy and more so anti Nasri brigade moaning about not wanting to lose more players to Manchester City, others are saying it's not so bad as long as Wenger signs an adequate replacement of the same level. Current Arsenal grapevine is that Wenger's targeting Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Spanish television show El Chiringuito claim Arsenal are looking to hijack Man United's plans to sign the Colombia international. Get complete coverage of football matches today. It's been suggested that Arsenal submitted an offer of around £60 million for Rodriguez and Jose Luis Sanchez, a Journalist close to Real Madrid has stated that Real have rejected the bid with it falling just short of Real's £69.8 million valuation. Where as Man United have played hard ball over David De Gea and now refused to sell him to Real Madrid, this is being touted as pay back for the Sergio Ramos saga, so it's highly unlikely that Arsenal will have any opposition to United in the race for Rodriguez.

I was sceptical when we were first linked with Alexis Sanchez but, after Romero's tweet I'm more inclined to believe City signing Sanchez is a real probability but it will all hinge on whether or not Arsenal can sign a replacement. Sanchez still has a year to run on his contract so Arsenal could play hard ball but, risk losing him on a free in 2018.

Will we sign Sanchez? Well news is the player wants to play for Guardiola and has rebuffed Bayern Munich in the process so? YES

Temperamental anti Manchester City, Uefa co FFP instigator Arsene Wenger can play hard ball all he likes, if he refuses to let Sanchez leave then Arsenal stand to lose him on a fee bosman in 2018. If that was to happen then Arsenal would go down as the most childish bite their nose off to spite their face club in footballing history.

Final thoughts: If I'm honest I don't even think we need Sanchez, do I want City to sign him? Not really that fused if I'm honest. Would I welcome him? Sure, he'd be an asset to any club but no matter where he ends up I'll wish him the best, doubt many Arsenal fans will though with their track record.


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