Mendy Comes Good For Chelsea

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There has been a dramatic improvement in the Blues' defensive output since the ex-Rennes shot-stopper replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga on a regular basis Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell - none of Chelsea's summer signings can claim to have had such a dramatic effect on the Blues' fortunes so far this season than Edouard Mendy. Mendy, acquired for £22 million ($29m) as the final piece of Frank Lampard’s summer transfer spree, is now set for a rapid reunion with former club Rennes as Chelsea prepare for their Champions League showdown on Wednesday. The goalkeeper goes into the game having not conceded a goal in his last 457 minutes on the pitch, and with five clean sheets to his name from six appearances in a Chelsea shirt. Given the west London outfit shipped 54 Premier League goals last season, few saw their transformation with a new man between the posts coming quite this quickly. Mendy's ability is underpinned by not just his size - at 6’6" - but also his speed. That was highlighted both by his quick reactions to Kurt Zouma missing an early cross against Burnley on Saturday as well as his adeptness at closing down Ashley Barnes, who was through on goal. Overall, Mendy's presence has lifted the performance levels of the defenders in front of him. They now look more assured as each game goes by with their confidence in their goalkeeper growing all the time. That is in significant contrast to last season, when Chelsea's defenders were understood to have lost confidence in Kepa, particularly relating to his shot-stopping and ability to claim crosses. The £72m ($80m) club-record signing registered the worst save percentage in the Premier League last season at 53.47 per cent, which only increased slightly this season to 57.14% before being dropped. Mendy was signed on the back of a save percentage of 76.25% last season in Ligue 1, and that has risen since joining Chelsea to 80%. According to Opta models, he has outperformed his expected goals conceded [xG] metric whereas Kepa has let in an extra 1.1 goals by the same measurement. The statistics back up the initial impression that Chelsea now have a goalkeeper who has dramatically improved their chances to put together the wins they need to satisfy growing expectations. Indeed, Mendy is the first goalkeeper since Petr Cech in 2004 to secure three clean sheets in his first three Premier League games for Chelsea.

There has been a dramatic improvement in the Blues’ defensive output since Mendy replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga.

None of Chelsea’s summer signings have had such a dramatic effect on the Blues’ fortunes this season than Edouard Mendy.

Mendy is set for a reunion with former club Rennes as Chelsea prepare for their Champions League showdown on Wednesday.

The goalkeeper has not conceded a goal in his last 457 minutes, with five clean sheets from six appearances.
Given the west London outfit shipped 54 Premier League goals last season, few saw their transformation with a new man between the posts coming quite this quickly.

Mendy’s ability is underpinned by not just his size – at 6’6″ – but also his speed.

That was highlighted both by his quick reactions to Kurt Zouma missing an early cross against Burnley on Saturday as well as his speed in closing down Ashley Barnes, who was through on goal.

Overall, Mendy’s presence has lifted the performance levels of the defenders in front of him. That is in contrast to last season when Chelsea’s defenders appeared to lose confidence in Kepa’s shot-stopping.

The £72m signing registered the worst save rate in the League last season at 53.47 percent.

Mendy was signed on the back of a save rate of 76.25% last season in Ligue 1, and that has risen since joining Chelsea to 80%.

The statistics show that Chelsea has a goalkeeper who improves their chances to put together wins to satisfy expectations.

Mendy is the first goalkeeper since Petr Cech to secure three clean sheets in his first 3 games for Chelsea.


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