Everything Pep Guardiola touches at the moment turns to gold.
The Manchester City manager had a massive decision to make in the summer over his first-choice goalkeeper following Claudio Bravo’s disastrous debut campaign in England.
Should he stick with the Chile international, hand the No. 1 jersey to Willy Caballero, or even bring back Joe Hart?
In the end, Guardiola went for none of the above. Instead, he opted to sign Ederson Moraes from Benfica, forking out a cool £35 million for the Brazilian shot-stopper.
"I like everything about Manchester City," Ederson, per BBC Sport, said back in June. "With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. He's putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in my decision."
It's now obvious why Guardiola signed Ederson
A couple of weeks into the 2017-18 season and it soon become clear why Guardiola had signed the 23-year-old keeper, who was a relatively unknown quantity in England prior to his move to the Etihad Stadium.
Ederson was obviously a talented footballer, capable of kicking with both feet and equipped with an impressive range of passing.
Some of the South American’s passes this season has been sumptuous and he was at his brilliant best against Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Video: Ederson's passes v Napoli
As well as pulling off some top saves - including a penalty stop from Dries Mertens - Ederson’s passing was on point.
It was so good that BT Sport even produced a compilation video of his best passes.
Watch it here…
Never mind the new Manuel Neuer, this guy could be the new Xavi.
Ederson hailed by Owen Hargreaves
“I’m just amazed by how good a passer of the ball he is,” Owen Hargreaves, speaking on BT Sport, commented.
“I know he’s Brazilian but… honestly, there are central midfield players in the Premier League that wouldn’t play that ball,” Hargreaves added, referring to one of Ederson’s many excellent passes during City’s 2-1 win.
You can watch BT Sport’s analysis on Ederson’s performance here…
Benjamin Mendy sums up Ederson on Twitter
Meanwhile, Benjamin Mendy was clearly impressed with his teammate’s performance.
The French full-back posted a photo of a brick wall alongside the caption: “EDERSON ⛔️⛔️“
He then followed that up with an amusing update after Amadou Diawara netted a consolation for the Italian outfit from the penalty spot.
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