Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has hailed the performances Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has delivered since sealing a transfer to Stamford Bridge again in September.
After being linked with an entire host of goalkeepers all through the summer time in an try to supply competitors for the under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea made the choice to make a transfer for Mendy from Rennes.
The Senegalese shot-stopper was seen as a left-field alternative by the Blues, with the likes of Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Ajax’s Andre Onana having been closely linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
Nevertheless, Mendy was seen as a less expensive choice, although he value the membership greater than £20million.
Nonetheless, the early indicators seem promising, with the 28-year-old having recorded 5 clear sheets in his first six outings previous to Wednesday night time’s Champions League tussle in opposition to his former membership at Stamford Bridge.
Ferdinand instructed BT Sport: “We watched him right here in opposition to Palace earlier within the season and I feel it was his first recreation and he was very assured.
“He is a large dimension, an ideal specimen, however the man makes saves. He makes vital saves at vital occasions.
“He made a few errors at Previous Trafford [against Manchester United] together with his toes nevertheless it did not have an effect on him in any respect. He did not seem to drop any confidence.
“The man seems as if he has come right here to say ‘look, I am right here to make saves.'”
Ferdinand was not the one BT Sport pundit singing the praises of Chelsea’s new No.1, with former Blues midfielder Joe Cole additionally having been very impressed by what he has seen from him thus far.
“It’s unlucky for Kepa. It’s important to really feel for him as a result of he is an efficient lad,” Cole added. “He simply hasn’t settled.
“However this man [Mendy] has are available in and he seems assured. You recognize when you’ve got a superb goalkeeper behind you.
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“Like with good centre-halves, you do not need to be seeing them making final ditch tackles. He simply appears to make good, regular saves in straightforward vogue.
“I would not say he has had a recreation for Chelsea the place he has been excellent and gained them a recreation, but when he’s going to be the following stage ‘keeper he must get to that stage.
“However thus far he has been regular and it seems just like the defence get pleasure from enjoying with him behind them.”