Eduoard Mendy earned a spot in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week for his sterling Chelsea performance against Fulham last weekend.
Edouard Mendy earned a spot in Garth Crooks’ BBC Team of the Week for his sterling Chelsea performance against Fulham last weekend.
Mendy was in fine form on Saturday, denying the Cottagers at every turn and ensuring his side kept another Premier League clean sheet.
The 29-year-old pulled out a handful of wonderful saves to highlight his importance to Thomas Tuchel’s team.
In the grand scheme of things, Mendy has arguably been Frank Lampard’s most crucial signing.
Joining from Rennes for £22m (Sky Sports) last September, it could also be debated he was the biggest bargain.
Crooks couldn’t avoid complimenting Chelsea’s goalkeeper for his recent heroics at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “The tip over the bar from Antonee Robinson was first class but the save from Ademola Lookman was even better.
“However, it was the shot from Ola Aina that took a wicked deflection off Reece James en route to goal that really impressed me.
“The way Edouard Mendy adjusted to keep the ball from entering the net was quite brilliant.
“The save kept Chelsea on track for another clean sheet. It’s quite a remarkable turnaround by Thomas Tuchel, the way Chelsea are looking so solid in defence and even Mendy, who looked rather shaky on occasion under Frank Lampard, playing so well.”
Since Tuchel took over, Chelsea have kept 17 clean sheets, with Mendy involved in 12 of those.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has stepped up when called upon, which is a bonus considering the turmoil he endured during Lampard’s rein.
Very few in Europe can match the Blues recent defensive record. What’s missing is a ruthlessness in front of goal.
4-1 away to Crystal Palace remains the largest margin of victory in the Tuchel era and the only match where they’ve managed to score more than three times.
This isn’t too much of a problem if the results are right. But Chelsea will have to address this issue at some point, possibly in the summer transfer window.