Ruben Loftus-Cheek says 'fantastic' Chelsea teammate has been the club's best player this season

Ruben Loftus-Cheek singled out one Edouard Mendy for being arguably the most consistent performer in the Chelsea squad this term.

Speaking to the club website, Loftus-Cheek complimented his gloved co-worker for repeatedly stepping up to the plate.

Mendy’s mighty palms have proved totally invaluable again for the Blues.

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He has already kept six Premier League clean sheets in 2021/22, more than any other goalkeeper in the division.

His man-of-the-match performance away to Brentford was extremely noteworthy, not to mention the masterclass at Anfield in August.

Magic Mendy

The 29-year-old is a reliable rock that rarely puts a foot or hand wrong.

“We have a lot of players in the team who bring different qualities but Mendy has been fantastic in goal,” said Loftus-Cheek, when asked who Chelsea’s stand out player has been this term.

“He’s been a constant from the start of the season and some of the saves he’s made have kept us in winning situations.

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“That’s what you need if you’re trying to win a title, to have someone like that behind you who can always save you after a mistake.

“He can get you out of trouble and he’s been fantastic.”

He’s a keeper

To think Mendy only cost Chelsea £22m (Sky Sports) is almost unthinkable.

Bargains are becoming more of a rarity in the modern game, but the Blues have bagged one of the best in the business.

UEFA recognised the Senegal international’s efforts by awarding him their Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year award.

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A Golden Glove and league title might well be added to his trophy cabinet before too long.

Silverware winning sides are so often built upon a sturdy rear-guard.

With Mendy in goal, Chelsea have the luxury of an almost impenetrable last line of defence.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.