After the Claudio Bravo debacle, Pep Guardiola was under considerable pressure this summer to sign a reliable first-choice goalkeeper ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Joe Hart was available following his return from Torino but Guardiola had no desire to give the England international an opportunity to resurrect his Manchester City career.
Instead, the Catalan coach convinced City to fork out a cool £34.9 million on Brazilian keeper Ederson from Benfica.
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The signing of Ederson, who only turned 24 last week, was undoubtedly another gamble by City’s manager.
The South American had only played 37 matches in the Portuguese top-flight and there was every chance that he would require time to settle in the Premier League.
However, Ederson showed during his time with Benfica that he was very competent with the ball at his feet. His distribution was also outstanding.
Ederson's magnificent pass v Everton
During Monday night’s Premier League clash between Man City and Everton at the Etihad Stadium, we saw exactly why Guardiola decided to sign Ederson this summer over every other available goalkeeper.
After catching a Leighton Baines cross, Ederson spotted Sergio Aguero in the opposite half of the pitch and whacked a perfectly-weighted 70-yard pass to his teammate with his left foot.
Watch it here...
His remarkable pass almost led to City scoring a 70th-minute equaliser but Bernardo Silva spurned the opportunity.
Reaction on Twitter to Ederson's pass
Ederson’s pass attracted huge praise from football fans on Twitter - and not just Man City supporters, either…
Ederson found Aguero with another great pass last month
This isn’t the first time this summer we’ve seen Ederson pick out Aguero with a magnificent pass from his own penalty area.
Just last month, this happened…
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