Edouard Mendy is quickly proving himself good value in goal for Chelsea after an eye-catching performance in their 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Signed in a £22million deal from Rennes in September, Mendy has already usurped the error-prone, albeit much more expensive, Kepa Arrizabalaga as Frank Lampard’s No.1.
And he became the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech, who also joined from Rennes, to keep to clean sheets in his first two Premier League starts with a series of smart saves to ensure the Blues travelled back to London with a point.
In truth, it was no classic – Patrice Evra’s argument with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the Sky studios was much more exciting – but Mendy did at least add to the entertainment when he narrowly avoided scoring an embarrassing own goal when his pass across the face of his own net went just wide.
As plenty of Chelsea fans pointed out, he must be already learning from Cech, who made more or less the exact same gaffe in his Arsenal days.
Watch both incidents below:
That Edouard Mendy own goal reminded me of when Cech did the same against city lool pic.twitter.com/vseagtIjkl
— Tariq Lamptey Fan Account (@High__Press) October 24, 2020