Chelsea have finally found a goalkeeper that can keep after enduring Kepa Ariza…whatever for some time. Senegalese goaltender Edouard Mendy has been impressive since he joined from Rennes.
Petr Cech, Chelsea’s technical advisor, joined the Blues from Rennes himself in 2004, and disclosed that he played a part in the signing of Mendy.
‘I gave my input [on Mendy’s signing], because we wanted to add to our goalkeeping group a slightly different type of keeper.
‘We have Kepa and Willy Caballero, who every time we needed him was ready to step in and we decided with Kepa going through a difficult moment where things were not happening for him on the pitch, we decided to add to our goalkeeping group and we agreed to bring in Edouard. So far, he’s been doing great.
‘In my first eight games [at Chelsea], we had seven clean sheets. If he [Mendy] gets that and makes it better, I will be happy, because the team will do well and we will be winning, and this is ultimately what we want.’ Cech said.
‘I have to give credit to Christophe Lollichon who spoke to me about him three-and-a-half years ago when Edouard started playing for Reims. The one thing which is great about his story is obviously his year where, because of the fault of his agent, he was without a club.
‘While I was playing at Arsenal, he said, “Watch this goalkeeper, he has a very interesting story.” So I started following him.
‘Obviously you watch all the other goalkeepers as well. I have watched 30, 40 different goalkeepers over the past year and a half, but I kept following Edouard and you see his evolution and progression every year, it got me the idea when we talked about what we want from a goalkeeper, what we would like to add to our goalkeeping group, his name came to my mind.’
Chelsea beat Mendy’s former side Rennes 3-0 with Timo Werner scoring two penalties and Tammy Abraham also on the scoresheet. Rennes were reduced to ten men in the 40th minute when Dalbert was sent off.