'Offer him the world' - the pivotal Man City decision that isn't as clear cut as Guardiola makes out

"No, [Ederson] is the first choice," said Pep Guardiola last month when asked about the Manchester City goalkeeping department.

To some that seems obvious, the Brazilian has been a transformational goalkeeper since arriving at the Etihad and has helped City to a glut of trophies, including the historic treble last season. Yet there have been question marks raised, both last season and this.

City kept 13 Premier League clean sheets last season, a respectable tally but below what you would expect from the champions. They have 12 so far this.

In both campaigns Ederson can be criticised for elements of his shot stopping while his outing against Nottingham Forest last time out was far below City standards, even if he was hampered by a shoulder injury for part of his 45 minutes on the pitch.

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Meanwhile, his deputy Stefan Ortega has barely put a foot wrong when called upon - Southampton in the Carabao Cup last season aside - and retained his place for the Champions League quarter final first leg tie at Real Madrid. The German, whose future is unclear given his desire for more regular football, is set to line up against Wolves on Saturday having produced an assured display off the bench at the City Ground last weekend. He will also start the FA Cup final against Manchester United, just as he did 12 months ago.

City, and their supporters, want the 31-year-old to stay beyond the summer and some feel he should be given a run as number one, or at least be involved more often than he has been outside the two domestic cup competitions.

Guardiola seems set in his faith in Ederson, although publicly saying otherwise would have been an unlikely move, yet Ortega keeps impressing and keeps maintaining high standards. And, judging by comments on the MEN website, the first choice goalkeeper decision is perhaps not as clear as Guardiola makes out.


If we can convince him to stay it’s a massive win, but think Pep would need to treat this as 2 x no1’s and rotate as he does with others. Otherwise at his age he deserves and no doubt wants to be a no 1 at a competing club.


I think we must push the boat out for Ortega, excellent No.2 keepers are very hard to find. In my opinion, I think he deserves to be our No.1 on current form, and that is nothing against Ederson as I think he is top class, but Ortega is good at commanding his area, a good shot stopper and not bad with his feet/distribution. CTID


Offer hin the world, he's pure class and I even believe he's pushing Eddy for the no 1 Jersey.


another 4 or 5 yrs for ortega contract is a must


Whatever his and the club's decision, he has been an excellent number 2. I would like him to be given a chance at number 1 as although he isn't as good as Ederson with his feet, he looks a better keeper. If he does go we need to ensure that whoever we bring in will actually challenge Ederson as he has been awful at times this season and was particularly bad yesterday, although collectively we seem really bad at defenders corners and I feel we need a defence coach if we don't have one or if we do, a better one!


Seems people are forgetting the contribution Ederson made to winning the Treble less than a year ago talking about him as though he's finished. He's integral to how Pep wants to play.

Ortega is an excellent back up keeper, however he's too good to be a No.2 so it presents City with a problem if he wants to play regularly. No point in saying give him a big contract if he's only going to play in the two domestic Cup competitions. If he's offered a new contract and he's genuinely going to be allowed to compete to be first choice that may be a way forward.


Ultimately it's down to Ortega, whether he is content to stay as a number 2 or if he wishes to look for a number 1 somewhere else. I for one would him to stay, since we've let our young keepers move on and Carson is getting on ( even for a keeper,). If he wants to move on then all the best luck to him, he's never let City down.