Gavin Bazunu aims to displace Ederson as Man City number one

Manchester City enjoyed yet another trophy-laden season, finishing the 2020/21 campaign with Premier League and EFL Cup winners medals.

A huge part of City ‘s success was their outstanding defensive record.

Pep Guardiola’s side kept an impressive 32 clean sheets across all competitions and a huge part of that was due to Brazilian shot-stopper Ederson, who won the Premier League Golden Glove thanks to 19 shutouts across 36 league games.

However, City’s ambitious young goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has confirmed he has his sights set on displacing Ederson as Guardiola’s first-choice keeper in the coming years.

“Yes, of course. That’s 100 per cent my aim”, he told Sky Sports when asked if he thought he could become City’s number one.

“I wouldn’t have gone to Manchester City unless I thought I could be the number one goalkeeper.

“Every day, that’s what I work towards. That’s the goal.”

Bazunu, who spent last season on loan with League One side Rochdale, kept in regular contact with City’s head of goalkeeping Xabier Mancisidor during his loan spell.

“I speak to Xabi, who is the goalkeeper coach there. I spoke to him today actually, and I like to keep in contact with him”, he said.

“During the season, I speak to him once or twice a week and we go over the clips from previous matches and he gives me an insight on what he thinks I can improve on.

“Initially the plan was that I would go in and train with them once or twice a week but because of Covid and all the restrictions that wasn’t possible.”

The 19-year-old made his international debut in March, becoming the youngest ever ‘keeper to play for the Republic of Ireland, displacing a record that was previously held by former City shot-stopper Shay Given and the teenager claimed he felt no pressure before the match.

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“I was nervous before the first game, but I didn’t feel any pressure”, he admitted.

“Obviously I wanted to do well for myself and the team, but at the end of the day, I’m just out there doing my job like in any other game and I just go out there and try to enjoy it as much as I can.”