'Really poor': Ally McCoist says he's not happy with what £22m Chelsea player did at the World Cup yesterday

Ally McCoist claims Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was “really poor” in the Senegal defeat against the Netherlands on Monday.

Netherlands scored two late goals through Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen to beat Senegal 2-0 yesterday in Group A of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0 in the other Group A fixture.

For Chelsea fans, they got to watch two of their players in action for African champions Senegal. Blues centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly wore the armband for his country, while Mendy lined up in-between the sticks.

Unfortunately, it was a poor start for the Chelsea representatives against the Dutch.

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Edouard Mendy against Netherlands

First of all, Mendy mistimed a cross into the box and allowed Gakpo a free header into the net. Afterwards, he could only palm a Memphis Depay shot into the path of Klasssen to double the Dutch advantage in stoppage time.

Pundit McCoist, who was on co-commentary of Senegal vs Netherlands, explained he wasn’t happy with the Chelsea keeper’s performance yesterday.

“I wasn’t happy with the goalkeeper for the first [goal] and I’m not too happy with the second. He just palms it out in to an area where he should be pushing it wider… Oh dear me. The goalkeeper’s really poor. It’s a comfortable one for him,” McCoist told ITV 1 (5:58pm, 21 November).

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Mendy, 30, will know there was some unforced errors from him yesterday on the biggest stage.

The £22million man needs to remember that a couple of years ago people rated him as one of the world’s very best goalkeepers.

His form has dropped considerably in 2022 in Chelsea colours, which is perhaps why Kepa Arrizabalaga is now taking the gloves off him at Stamford Bridge.

Hopefully, he can regain some form and touch in Senegal’s remaining World Cup matches.

The Daily Mail recently claimed Mendy is contemplating a move away from Chelsea. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see who becomes the long-term No.1 keeper at Stamford Bridge.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.