'Really weak': Darren Bent criticises £22m Chelsea player during win over West Ham
Darren Bent criticised Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy during the weekend’s match at home to West Ham.
Chelsea came from behind on Saturday afternoon to edge out their rivals 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, earing a vital three Premier League points in the process.
Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz, who were both substitutes in the second half, came off the bench to score goals that cancelled out Michail Antonio’s opener.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have 10 points from six league games so far, but attention now switches to Tuesday’s Champions League group stage trip to Dinamo Zagreb.
Darren Bent criticised Edouard Mendy
Sky Sports pundit Bent wasn’t very impressed with Blues goalkeeper Mendy for his role in the West Ham goal.
The £22million keeper failed to get any real distance on his attempted clearance from a corner, which eventually fell to the feet of Antonio to tap into the net.
“It was really weak goalkeeping from Mendy,” Bent said.
“The cross comes in, it gets flicked up at the front post, and it’s floating to the back stick. Rather than come out and really punch it or collect it, he kind of flaps at it.”
Mendy was at the centre of even more controversy later on when visitors West Ham had a goal chalked off by VAR, too.
The 30-year-old was ruled to have been fouled by Jarrod Bowen in the build up to a Maxwel Cornet strike, which the referee disallowed after seeing replays on the side of the pitch.
However, Chelsea’s number one was perhaps a tad fortunate to have the decision go his way. Alan Shearer says it was an “awful decision” to rule out the goal for an alleged foul on Mendy.