Edouard Mendy to Chelsea is pretty much a done deal. A fee has been agreed around the £22 million mark, with a medical and personal terms to be sorted, which are not believed to be an issue.
Thank the LORD. I wrote an article back in August ‘Chelsea Must Replace Kepa‘ and it’s safe to say my view hasn’t changed. I’m absolutely done with him. FINITO. ADIÓS AMIGO. You get the message!
Having not replaced him prior to the season opener, I was thinking okay…maybe Frank’s giving him another chance to prove himself. Well with two games played and two errors leading to goals, nothing has changed. Watching him pass the ball to Mane for Liverpool’s second goal on the weekend was the final straw.
Most important Signing of the Summer
Edouard Mendy to Chelsea might not be bringing the same hype as Kai Havertz but it’s ten times more important we did this business.
Having already made six major acquisitions this Summer it’ll mean absolutely nothing if Kepa stays between the sticks. We can’t keep gifting goals and games to the opposition because of unforced errors. It’s criminal! Frank Lampard has seemingly run out of patience with Kepa and cannot continue to defend him infront of the media.
If Chelsea can get the Mendy deal over the line tomorrow then there’s nothing to say he won’t be an instant starter come the weekend against West Brom. It may even give the back four a confidence boost knowing they have a new dominating presence between the sticks, because they need it too.
Club career so far
Looking at Edouard Mendy club career so far, he was a relatively unknown quantity until last season when he really made a name for himself at Rennes.
Mendy joined Rennes from fellow French club Reims last summer, having spent three years there. He was a big part of the Reims squad that won promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2017/18 season. An impressive first season in the French top flight earned him Reims player of the year and shortlisted for the league’s best goalkeeper award.
He then joined Rennes. Helping them to finish third-place which is still an achievement in itself despite the shortened season due to Coronavirus.
So what can we expect from Mendy?
Everyone’s reporting that Petr Cech the clubs new technical and performance adviser is the reason Chelsea have settled with Mendy over other potential targets. But after some digging I found some quotes from Chelsea’s goalkeeping scout last season.
“He has reached maturity, with a fairly unusual path, and it is all the more meritorious.”
“Edouard Mendy is today, for me, the best goalkeeper of the championship of France. He is what I call a proactive, very influential goalkeeper who does not suffer the game.”
“Reims really did a great job with him. Maybe at OM they could not detect the talent he had in him, but it was perhaps not the right time too. In any case, he’s a great goalkeeper that we necessarily follow in the Premier League.”
“When you are nearly 2 metres, with such a ground game, such placement and initiative taking as he has, if recruiters do not look at him, it’s because they have to change jobs (laughs). Besides, I know he’s a very good guy.”Christophe Lollichon told ‘Le Phoceen‘
We’ll …. he’s nearly 2 metres tall. If you’re a feet and inches man, then let me convert it, he’s 6ft 6 in. To put this into perspective Kepa is 6ft 1in. Kepa is going to get some serious neck ache looking up to his replacement Mendy the first time they meet.
The man is a giant, an intimidating one and it’s exactly what the Chelsea team need. Especially as we are a rather small teams at the best of times. The only height we have comes from the two centre backs. I wouldn’t even want to see the stats for the amount of set pieces that Chelsea conceded from last season. So many of the balls could have been claimed by the keeper which in turn relieves the pressure on the whole team when you know you can count on your keeper to dominate his six yard box.
Don’t let us down Mendy
All in all, Mendy seems a very good goalkeeper with just a few notable weaknesses. His strengths lie in the more important aspects of goalkeeping from shot-stopping and reflexes to command of area and aerial competence. Let’s hope Chelsea are now in good hands moving forward, and Kepa can find a comfortable seat on the bench.
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