Paul Merson hails quality of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy - The Chelsea Chronicle

Paul Merson hails quality of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

Paul Merson has given a positive verdict on Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who he feels has made a great start to life at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in the summer transfer window.

The Blues signed the Frenchman in September for a £22million (Sky Sports) from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes and he’s penned a five-year deal in West London.

He’s a 6ft 6in colossus goalkeeper that has quickly made a strong impression since he started playing and is definitely the first-choice option in net as it stands.

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Mendy has played five games in all competitions so far, keeping four clean sheets.

The 28-year-old has arrived to try improve a backline that has been extremely vulnerable under manager Frank Lampard and the early signs are that he’ll be a huge asset moving forward.

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Pundit Merson has been impressed by his start in English football:

“He’s got a presence and he’s got great feet. If you watch him he’s like a tennis player waiting to take a shot in a rally – always on his toes. He will save Chelsea points this season where Kepa [Arrizabalaga] would have cost them points,” Merson told the Daily Star.

Despite the fact he’s only played 132 first-team games in his career, Mendy has been superb in a Chelsea shirt so far and looks like he’s in total command of his penalty box.

He’s shown he’s a strong shot-stopper with great reflexes and is quick off his line, plus his presence is a huge relief for defenders when it comes to him gathering crosses into the penalty area.

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