A most-improved defensive line-up in Europe this season
As most of the leagues have reached mid-season, we thought it might be a good time to praise the players who have improved their game the most this season.
While a number of players haven't performed up to their expected levels, several others have drastically improved. In this article, we are focusing on defensive players who have unexpectedly improved their game.
On that note, here is a look at a defensive backline made up of the most-improved players this season:
#5 Ederson (Goalkeeper)
I remember the time when people were calling for Joe Hart's return to Manchester City during the peak of Claudio Bravo's personal mission to never ever make a save again. That seems like a long time ago, mainly because Ederson, a summer arrival at the Etihad from Benfica has slotted right into the city team and has immediately looked like a the part of this team.
Winning the Primeira Liga with Benfica, getting his first international cap, he was proving that he is going to be a star man. He is probably on his way to a truckload of more silverware this year with Manchester City.
In season 2016-17, Bravo played 22 games while conceding 1.2 goals per game. On the other hand, Ederson has played 27 games this season, conceding only 0.6 goals per game. Apart from these numbers, on an average, Ederson has saved 69% shots while Bravo managed to save only 58% shots.
These stats are enough to prove that Guardiola has found a perfect replacement for Bravo.