In his second Premier League season, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has maintained form with 12 clean sheets and just 20 goals conceded, and will remain a key member of the squad in the chase with Liverpool and Spurs for the title.
Few clubs within England can boast a better ‘keeper than City with their 25-year-old Brazilian, whose world-class distribution has had a considerable effect on the rest of the Premier League, vastly altering what we expect from modern-day goalies.
But according to one pundit at least, Ederson would be just another goalkeeper if he were playing in League One.
Speaking on what his ideal goalkeeper would look like on this week’s Fixture in Focus Podcast, former Watford and Brentford star Richard Lee pointed out that fitting within a club’s system, above all else, is the most important aspect for a goalkeeper, and used the Manchester City net-minder to drive his point home.
“The truth is it’s horses for courses. If Ederson was in goal for AFC Wimbledon – this is nothing against AFC Wimbledon – who are known for being reasonably direct, we might consider him an average League One goalkeeper,” Lee said. “I mean that genuinely. We’re not going to see his strengths.”
“He’s going to be popping everything forward, which he’s good at doing. But then his game is going to be based on his ability to keep the ball out of the net or come out of traffic to collect crosses, which he’s good at but that isn’t his strength. His strength is being involved in goal after goal because of the way he plays out of the back.”
Fortunately for Ederson, it doesn’t seem likely he’ll be rushed out of Manchester and off to AFC Wimbledon any time soon.
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