Pat Nevin has explained he’s noticed a massive improvement from Chelsea star Edouard Mendy when it comes to his role as a sweeper-keeper.
Mendy, 29, has been in the headlines in the last few days after a stunning man of the match performance in the weekend’s 1-0 win over Brentford in the Premier League. Even opposition manager Thomas Frank labelled him “world class” after his performance.
The Blues goalkeeper made several outstanding saves against Brentford, including one that he took flush in the face after bravely spreading his body to deny a close-range shot.
He’s now sitting on 30 clean sheets in 54 appearances as a Chelsea player since he joined last summer.
Nevin was full of praise for the Senegal international after his league display. In particular, he pointed out a major improvement in his game that he’s spotted when it comes to sweeping up possession behind the defence.
It’s often the role of the modern goalkeeper to mop up balls in behind, so it’s great to see his decision-making is getting better in that aspect.
“Against the Bees, Edouard grew in confidence but also looked like he was growing physically too. It was one of the most memorable performances in recent years by a stopper, not just at Chelsea but at any top club,” Nevin said.
“As time has passed he has become a better, wiser and more considered player. The slightly over-enthusiastic sweeper-keeper moments that cropped up now and again seem to have been ditched.”
Chelsea have one of world’s best goalkeepers yet again
For years, Petr Cech’s presence as Chelsea number one meant one of the world’s elite goalkeepers played at Stamford Bridge. Despite a controversial ending to his Blues career, the same could be said when Thibaut Courtois was in net for the London giants.
Mendy is now in the conversation as one of the best performing shot-stoppers in world football. His consistency is phenomenal, as he doesn’t look like making any mistakes in matches.
The blueprint of any successful team is a strong goalkeeper and backline, something that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have.
Edouard Mendy will hope for quieter outing tonight
Chelsea host Swedish opposition Malmo on Wednesday night in the Champions League groups stages, which is a match they’ll expect to dominate the ball in.
It’s great to know you’ve got cover like £22million star Mendy in net, but the Blues will hope they don’t need to rely on him in midweek.
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