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Corrigan hails influence of 'transformative' Ederson

City legend Joe Corrigan has paid tribute to the consistency and all-round excellence of Ederson, describing him as a 'transformative' goalkeeper.

Our Brazilian number one chalked up another major milestone in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Wolves, securing his 100th clean sheet for the Club in what was his just his 212th game.

The 27-year-old has been a cornerstone of City’s success since joining us from Benfica in the summer of 2017.

As well as helping City win three Premier League titles in four seasons, he has also revolutionised City’s style of play, with his outstanding ability to play long and short passes a key feature of our game.

Ederson’s prowess has also seen him win back-to-back Premier League Golden Glove gongs, the coveted prize which is awarded to the goalkeeper with most top-flight clean sheets.

However, for former City and England number one Corrigan, it’s Ederson’s all-round technical ability, composure on the ball and superb footballing skills that have helped truly mark him out.

And Joe believes that in his four and a half years at the Club since joining us from Benfica in the summer of 2017, Ederson has helped to transform the way goalkeepers operate – not only at City but across the country as a whole.

“In the way that City play I think that he’s amazing,” declared Corrigan who racked up more 600 appearances for the Club over the course of a distinguished career that spanned three decades.

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Ederson’s not only confident with playing the ball out from the back short but he’s got the vision and passing ability to play the ball as long as he wants too.

“He can pick out a pass as we have seen over the past few years. He sees players making runs and can find the long-range pass as we saw with that assist for Sergio Aguero against Huddersfield a couple of years ago. It was amazing.

“If I had tried that my back would have split!

“Having scouted for the Club and to see, as I do at junior level, all the keepers trying to play out from the back it’s just great to see. It has been transformative.

“Obviously, there are some keepers who don’t have Ederson’s ability and they can look red-faced trying to execute that sometimes.

“But I think it makes the game a lot better in regards that you are looking to play from the back and not looking for the long ball.

Ederson has got the ability to execute a precise pass. It’s not a long punt, it’s a pin-point pass and gives another outlet to the side’s attacking ability.

“He’s got such a tremendous left foot, it makes the opposition coaches think: ‘Well, if we press he can pick that pass to alleviate the pressure and with the players City have upfront with pace and ability they will hurt us, but if we don’t press high City can play from the back to any areas.’

“He can pick short, medium and long-range passes. It’s absolutely remarkable.”

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Corrigan also highlighted what he believes is another key – but overlooked - part of Ederson’s goalkeeping armoury, his superb focus and attention to detail across all 90 minutes of a game.

“His concentration levels also have to be so acute too,” Joe added.

“In a lot of games, Ederson doesn’t have that much to do but when he does, he does it really well.

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“That is another vital skill-set for a goalkeeper.

“Some of the hardest games I ever played - and the likes of your Peter Shiltons and Ray Clemences always said the same - meant that you came off the pitch more tired when you had little to do as you were always concentrating.

“It’s hard, hard work as one slip and it’s a goal. But Ederson does it so well.”

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