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What must Ederson Moraes do to be a success?

Tuesday 1st August 2017
Of all of the transfer that have gone through this summer, few will be scrutinised as closely as Manchester City's new goalkeeper Ederson Moraes. 

Pep Guardiola's newest goalkeeping purchase raised some eyebrows earlier in the year as the Manchester side seemed to overcompensate price wise on a goalkeeper, with the manager perhaps hoping the enormous price-tag would defer much of the derision the side have faced on their situation between the sticks last season.

The banishing of Joe Hart to Torino was a story that was covered massively last term. The Englishman was the major casualty of Guardiola's first campaign as he looked to stamp his authority on the side.

Perhaps the loan move to the Italian side would not have been such big news for so long if his replacement had not been so abject in goal. Claudio Bravo was awful last season and he, much like Hart, found himself the subject of more than one heated conversation last season.

While he was in fine form in the Confederations Cup with Chile, it seems as though his time with City could be coming to a rather hurried end.

What must the new boy do to make sure he isn't facing a similar situation next summer though?

First of all, he simply must be able to make the standard saves that the modern goalkeeper makes. Hart, for all his apparent pitfalls with the ball at his feet, is an outstanding shot-stopper. His exploits in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in the Champions League were two of the finest displays by an English goalkeeper, and it has set the benchmark very high with the City fans.

It was said on more than one occasion that Bravo wouldn't be able to catch a cold, with his inability to save, catch or punch consistently seeing him become a much-maligned figure in the Premier League.

Moraes must therefore hit the ground running with his shot-stopping, with the only strikes that beat him being ones that are tough to save. If weaker efforts start to squirm past him then he could quickly become 'Bravo Mark 2'.
Second, he must live up to the billing with his feet. This summer, there has not been quite the fanfare regarding Ederson's distribution as there was last time with Bravo, but this does not mean that he is not talented when it comes to playing the ball out from the back.

Of course, Guardiola's goalkeepers are always going to be men that can use their feet well, and Ederson is no different.

Where Bravo had his moments of madness with the ball last season, the new 'keeper must try to minimise these events in order to keep his name out of the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

Finally, Ederson needs to look the part. At just 23-years-old, the new goalkeeper will face a baptism of fire in his continued development and introduction to the Premier League. David de Gea faced a similar situation with Manchester United and came through to establish himself as one of the best in the world.

Ederson is another talented player, and he will face the same adversity as his city rival. It is important that he finds a way to deal with the pressure and physicality of the league quickly and effectively, otherwise, he will be in and out of the team constantly, which will do his confidence no favours.

Ultimately, the goalkeeper faces a far bigger task than it needs to be because of how much Bravo struggled last term. The spotlight will constantly be on the youngster as he looks to become a fixture of the City side for years to come.

His first season in English football will likely be a tough one then. Guardiola will not have put his faith in a player that doesn't deserve it, but he stuck his neck out for a talented goalkeeper last season and that was one of the most derided transfers last campaign.

Will we be talking about Ederson as a failed city goalkeeper next summer, or a huge success? Only time will tell.
Ben Darvill

I graduated with an upper second class degree in English and Creative writing from Cardiff Metropolitan University. I have been a freelance sports writer since leaving University and have written for a number of online websites. I am a Chelsea and England fan but I enjoy watching any team play as I have an intense passion for football.

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