Brad Friedel raves about ‘underrated’ £22m Chelsea star that goes under the radar
Brad Friedel has given huge credit to the quality of Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who he’s described as “underrated”.
Mendy, 29, has been a colossus as the Blues number one since his transfer to Stamford Bridge.
The £22million ace joined from Rennes last summer and has quickly established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe, winning the Champions League trophy last season.
His 6ft 4in frame is a composing figure in net, something which gives massive confidence to the defence in front of him.
He boasts an amazing record of 29 clean sheets in his opening 53 appearances as a Chelsea player.
Ex-goalkeeper Friedel, who made exactly 450 Premier League appearances during his career, has been discussing the very best shot-stoppers currently in England’s top division.
He’s given rave reviews about Manchester City’s Ederson, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, Manchester United’s David De Sea and Chelsea’s Mendy.
“[Mendy is] the best shot-stopper of the four,” Friedel told The Sun.
“He is also the most underrated right now — but then again he is still the most unknown at the start of his second season in England.
“Mendy also looks the most unflappable. There are not so many movements in his play — but it is always quick and explosive.
“He is sure-handed, commands his box and really fits in with Tuchel’s philosophy.
“When teams are taking shots or lining up free-kicks against Mendy, I never think that he is going to make a mistake.”
Mendy a massive Chelsea bargain
For £22million, Mendy has to go down as one of Chelsea’s biggest bargains in recent times.
He’s completely fixed the goalkeeper spot at the Bridge and the Blues could surely make a mammoth profit on him if they sold him.
Goalkeeping legend Dida has previously shared how much he rates Chelsea’s number one, so it’s a great compliment to receive praise from fellow shot-stoppers.
Title successes are usually built on defence
Chelsea’s name is being thrown about in the title mix and there is no hiding from that.
The team need to focus on taking each match at a time, but the reigning Champions League holders are rightly in the conversation at this early stage of the season.
Chelsea’s defence has been the bedrock of their success under Tuchel, with Mendy the trusted figure in net.
Also, there is an array of so many talented centre-backs in the squad that they are so difficult for opponents to break down.
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