Pundits’ concern over Edouard Mendy allayed as he keeps his 10th clean sheet in 16 appearances for Chelsea in 3-0 win over West Ham… matching the same number made by Kepa Arrizabalaga in 45 matches under Frank Lampard
- Chelsea bounced back from two defeats with a 3-0 win over West Ham United
- Concerns were raised over Edouard Mendy following mistakes in recent games
- Gary Neville before the game said the 28-year-old needed a ‘mistake-free night’
- The 28-year-old though kept his 10th clean sheet since joining from Rennes
- It took Kepa 29 more games to reach that number under Frank Lampard
Edouard Mendy reached an impressive milestone of his tenth clean sheet in just his 16th game since his summer move to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old had a relatively quiet game during their 3-0 win over West Ham, but the impressive statistic is a very telling figure of the improvement Chelsea have made since he signed from Rennes.
Mendy was signed during the summer transfer window for £22m, as Frank Lampard looked to sort out their issue in the goalkeeping position.
Edouard Mendy has made a big difference for Chelsea since his summer arrival from Rennes
Mendy has though received criticism by some for mistakes made in recent Chelsea games
But he has now reached ten clean sheets for Frank Lampard’s side in just 16 appearances
Kepa Arrizabalaga was the regular starter for Chelsea before Mendy, however he struggled during Lampard’s first season back at Stamford Bridge as manager.
In fact, it took the Spaniard a massive 45 matches to reach ten clean-sheets since Lampard’s appointment.
Mendy, along with the signings of Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, the improved form of Kurt Zouma and the impressive Reece James have all been seen as vital parts of Chelsea’s improvement defensively from last season.
Chelsea had gone a massive 17-games unbeaten before consecutive defeats to Everton and Wolves last week.
His clean sheet allayed concerns that Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher expressed before the game, following some mistakes in recent games.
One of the errors pointed out was Mendy clattering into Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Everton’s penalty that won them the game against Chelsea.
Mendy was signed to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga who had struggled in goal for Chelsea
Neville said before the game with West Ham kicked off: ‘We thought he had initially solved their goalkeeping issue.
‘Kepa had a massive problem – every shot that was going on goal looked like it was going in.
‘And then first six games he had those five clean sheets but in those six games he only had eight shots on his goal and what we’ve seen in the last few games, is mistakes are starting to build. He needs a mistake-free night tonight.’
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher expressed some concern over Mendy’s recent displays
Carragher added: ‘When they brought him in, you’re thinking he’s come from Rennes, 28 years of age, it’s not late in his career but would he have been spotted before, how good is he really?
‘He’s come in and made a massive difference but I think every keeper coming in would have made a massive difference I think you’re (Neville’s) right about Kepa.
‘But what’s happened last few weeks, will be interesting to see how he deals with that. He’s made a really good start, made a few mistakes of late but all eyes will be on him a bit more.’
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