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Manchester City: Sam Lee drops verdict on Ederson

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Manchester City journalist Sam Lee has shared his verdict on Ederson and his current run of form for the Citizens. 

This latest Premier League season has seen the Brazilian play every minute of the campaign for Pep Guardiola’s side across 24 games, keeping eight clean sheets and conceding 24 games in the process.

Having failed to keep a clean sheet since City’s 3-0 win over Wolves precisely a month ago, this has led to the 29-year-old becoming the topic of focus with one journalist, in particular, taking to social media to share his thoughts on the goalkeeper.

In an initial Twitter post, which included an article he wrote for The Athletic about Ederson, Lee highlighted that City have conceded from their first shot on target in the last four games, which has happened 10 times in the PL this season.

In a following tweet, the journalist had this to say about City’s goalkeeper.

He said: “My overall conclusion is that Ederson is brilliant. His shot-stopping is good, his sweeping up is good, his kicking, decisions on the ball, ability on crosses/command of area is top-tier (in my opinion). At the moment he’s struggling a bit, like several City players have.”

With 56 shots at goal faced in the league this season, Ederson has saved 33 of them, leaving him with a save percentage of 62.5%, which is the third-lowest in the entire division.

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Despite this disappointing statistic, the Brazil international has still shown the other areas of goalkeeping that he is very proficient in

For example, with 71 of the 175 launched passes he has attempted being successful, this gives him the fourth-highest pass completion percentage of launched passes in the league (40.6%).

In addition to that, having stopped 16 of the 186 crosses into his box, this gives Ederson the fifth-highest percentage in the league for crosses stopped (8.6%).

Having also been hailed by Guardiola for his ability to pass the ball with his feet, it’s clear why he is so important for City, despite his shortcomings in terms of making saves compared to his fellow top-flight goalkeepers.

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