'Too proud': BBC pundit says £22m player actually 'destroyed' Chelsea's chances of beating West Ham
Garth Crooks claimed that Edouard Mendy’s display against West Ham United prevented Chelsea from winning the game.
Whilst compiling his BBC Team of the Week, Crooks highlighted the goalkeeper’s actions as the reason for West Ham’s 3-2 Premier League victory.
Mendy’s miserable afternoon
Mendy endured a rare bad day at the office on the weekend.
He gave away a penalty just before half-time, after being sold short by a Jorginho pass.
The 29-year-old was forced to take an unwanted touch under pressure from Jarrod Bowen, who then got himself to the ball before being fouled by Chelsea’s no.1.
“I’ve never been a great fan of Jarrod Bowen not because he can’t play but because a kid with his talent should be scoring more goals,” said Crooks.
“He gets into great positions but often lacks the finishing touch.
“However, against a desperately unlucky Chelsea, it was Bowen who seized onto Jorginho’s poor back pass to Edouard Mendy, who has been in great form this season, that led to the penalty.
“Unfortunately the Senegal international on this occasion was too proud to put his foot through the ball and into the crowd, where it should have gone and paid the price.
“Bowen’s performance galvanised the Hammers. Mendy’s destroyed Chelsea’s.”
More Mendy misery
After conceding the strike from 12-yards, then one off Bowen’s boot, Mendy had egg on his face once again.
With three minutes of time remaining and the scores level at 2-2, Arthur Masuaku sent a cross-come-shot towards goal that totally caught the £22m (BBC) signing off guard.
Somehow the effort sneaked in at the near post, dealing a hammer blow to Chelsea and their crumbled ‘keeper.
Thomas Tuchel’s men relinquished their top spot in the table to Manchester City and even fell to third place following Liverpool’s narrow win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Blues now only have two wins from their past five league fixtures, including the wobbly Watford triumph last Wednesday.
In a title race that is set to go down to the wire, Chelsea really cannot afford to drop many more points between now and May.
Otherwise, the crown will either be heading to Liverpool or Manchester.