Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson jokes he could replace Kevin De Bruyne in MIDFIELD, claiming ‘it would not change anything’ as he hopes to become Pep Guardiola’s penalty taker
- Ederson revealed he would prefer Kevin de Bruyne’s role over playing striker
- David James was played as a striker by Stuart Pearce for Man City in 2005
- The Brazilian keeper has made no secret of his desire to take a penalty for City
- City became the first team to miss four or more penalties in consecutive seasons
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson claimed that he would relish the chance to replace Kevin de Bruyne in midfield and joked that the move would ‘not change anything’.
The Brazilian’s goalkeeping ability may have earned him the Golden Glove award last season but his technical skills and footwork could merit him a spot outfield.
City have a history of playing keepers outfield as Stuart Pearce brought David James off the bench as a striker in their 2005 final day showdown against Middlesbrough.
Man City goalkeeper Ederson joked that he could replace star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne
Now the Brazil international has hinted that he could be the next to make the switch out of goal but claimed he would prefer to be in midfield than in a No 9 role.
When discussing James’ cameo against Middlesbrough, the 28-year-old told CityTV : ‘If I were to go outfield like this, I would not ask to be a striker.
‘I would prefer to play in the midfield. In Kevin’s place!
The Brazilian claimed that his switch with the Belgian (centre) would ‘not change anything’
‘If I were to choose, if someone asked me to play, I would say: ‘Take off De Bruyne and play me!’ It would not change anything!’
The keeper is unlikely to make the switch in the near future with Pep Guardiola’s midfield well-stocked and the Catalan manager not the kind of coach to make outlandish selection calls.
However, Ederson could have the chance to show his mettle from the penalty spot.
The South American shot stopper has never shied away from the fact that he fancies himself on penalty duty and third-choice keeper Scott Carson has backed him to step up to the spot.
Pep Guardiola (right) is unlikely to make the outlandish selection call to play Ederson outfield
The reserve keeper told the Manchester Evening News in May: ‘He has smashed a few at me and Zack [Steffen] and it’s one of them where you actually want him to score, you don’t want the ball to hit you because he smashes it that hard.
‘It does hurt! He takes a few every now and then and seems to find the side-netting every single time, and with the power. It’s incredible.’
Guardiola’s side have experienced penalty struggles in recent years with Raheem Sterling, De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and former City star Sergio Aguero all fluffing their lines.
City became the first team to miss four or more penalties in consecutive campaigns in Premier League history last season and calls for Ederson to become the spot kicker have intensified.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in Guardiola’s side
The Brazilian doesn’t deny he’d relish the chance to be on the other side of the 12 yards
The goalkeeper has one of the cleanest strikes in the City side and has made no secret of the fact he would relish a chance from 12-yards.
‘I don’t know. It depends on the game, what the game brings,’ he said.
‘Of course the pressure is higher it it’s 0-0. In a penalty shootout as well. But if you’re winning 3-0 and there’s a penalty, the player is much more relaxed.
‘But I don’t know how I would take it. But I can’t say anyway. I haven’t taken a single one and I won’t be giving hints for the opponents. I hope someday it happens and you will see.’
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