'Got to do better': Pundit left asking big questions about 30-year-old Chelsea player now

TalkSPORT pundit Lianne Sanderson has claimed that she was not impressed with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after his first World Cup display yesterday.

Senegal fell to a 2-0 defeat to Netherlands, after conceding late goals to Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaasen in their tournament opener.

It’s fair to say Mendy didn’t cover himself in glory for either goal.

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After coming for a Frenkie de Jong cross, he was beaten to the ball by Gakpo, cancelling out all of the hard work the African Cup of Nations champions had put in to keep the Dutch out.

Then, he spilled a Memphis Depay shot straight to substitute Klaasen, compiling his misery in the final minute of added time.

Former goalkeeper Sanderson has claimed the display left her asking big questions of the Chelsea man.

Sanderson not impressed by Mendy

He said: “Again I’m going to ask questions of Mendy. “It wasn’t that strong a shot by Memphis, he almost pea-rolled it back to Klaassen. He’s got to do better there.

“I think both the goals were Edouard Mendy’s fault.”

A disappointing start to the tournament will certainly pile more doubt over his place as the number one at Stamford Bridge.

He has already been under threat from Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has looked revived since Graham Potter joined the club.

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Originally handed a start due to injury to Mendy, the Spaniard has thrived in the fixtures he has played for Chelsea this season, notably in a stunning display against Aston Villa.

He suffered an injury which ruled him out of any late push for the Spain squad for the World Cup, however his chances of taking the gloves when the season returns after Christmas.

Nevertheless, there are already reports that Potter is keen to add another goalkeeper to his side as soon as possible, with him already having an eye on his former number one Robert Sanchez.

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