Petr Cech has highlighted Edouard Mendy’s aerial ability as he sees the goalkeeper’s arrival as moving Chelsea closer to winning titles again.
The club’s former goalkeeper turned technical and performance adviser played a big role in identifying the 28-year-old as a target, as previously mentioned by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Cech has kept track of Mendy’s progress for the past three years and, in a recent interview with the club, picked out a few things Mendy could offer.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “He [Mendy] is a very all-round goalkeeper.
“He is very good with his feet. He has all the range of distribution, from long to short.
“And, in the last two years if you watch European football, the way he dominates crossing situations and high balls in the area is unlike anybody else.
“He uses his size and has great timing to read the trajectory of the ball. He is strong at high balls and commanding the area, and he uses his size very well for saves.”
The Senegal international’s 6ft 6in frame could certainly help solve Chelsea’s chronic defensive set-piece problems.
Frank Lampard’s side conceded 14 set-piece goals in the Premier League last season. For comparison, Liverpool and Manchester City conceded just seven set-piece goals apiece.
To compete with Liverpool and City, Chelsea have to solve this problem and Cech is confident Mendy can help to do exactly that.
“He will be another piece for the puzzle we’re trying to complete to have a really competitive team to challenge for the highest positions and titles, because Chelsea is all about that,” Cech added.