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Weaver: Ederson’s brilliance is redefining goalkeeping

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Former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver believes the club’s current number one Ederson is taking goalkeeping to a whole other level

City signed Ederson last year for €40m from Benfica and he soon proved his worth by keeping 17 clean sheets and conceding only 26 goals to help the club win the Premier League last season.

Aside from his outstanding reflexes and shot-stopping abilities, Ederson is also renown for his skill with the ball at his feet.

These kinds of traits have left Weaver to believe that things are quickly changing in the world of goalkeeping.

“I think goalkeeping has changed a lot, football has changed a lot. It’s all about systems now,” Weaver told SportsMax.

“The role of a goalkeeper has changed over the past couple of years – I think it’s even changed over the past few months since the World Cup.

“If you look at City, the way they play out with Ederson. He’s the best I’ve ever seen with his feet. He’s unbelievable.

“The thing with Ederson is not how much confidence he’s got – he’s obviously got lots – it’s how much confidence the players and defenders have in him because they give it back to him under pressure constantly.”

The former England U-21 international pointed out a moment in City’s 3-1 derby win over Manchester United while discussing Ederson.

“In the first few minutes of the game, someone rolled him the ball back and he trapped it under his foot,” said Weaver.

“He’s about two yards off his line in the middle of his goal. There’s a [United] player about four yards away from him.

“He’s clipped it with his left foot over one of the strikers and dropped it into Kyle Walker’s chest at right-back.

“Most goalkeepers would have just hoofed it out of play. Occasionally he will get caught but, to watch him… it’s taking goalkeeping to another level.

“I’ve watched him live quite a few times and he could probably play left-back if he wanted. He’s got such good feet.”

Weaver concluded that, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp around now, these kinds of skills have become a prerequisite for young keepers.

“I think Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have changed the way football in this country is played,” he added.

“We’ve got a Dutch manager [Jos Luhukay] at Sheffield Wednesday – he likes to play out from the back. We do a lot with our feet in training.

“For me, the most important part will always be keeping the ball out of the net. But at the elite level – you look at Jordan Pickford with England – you’ve got to be able to use your feet.

“If you’re a young goalkeeper who wants to get to the top, you’ve got to be strong in all departments and be really comfortable with both feet.”