Edouard Mendy is arguably the biggest success story of Chelsea’s shopping spree ahead of the 2020/21 season. The shot-stopper is a dominant goalkeeper with good catching and aerial dominance. He is also vocal in organizing his defense.
Edouard Mendy was born in Montivilliers France to African parents – a senegalese mother and a Bissau-Guinean father.
He joined Le Havre as a 13-year-old before moving to the French Ligue third-tier side, AS Cherbourg. He was released by the team in 2014 and was without a club for a year. He will later join Marseille as the fourth-choice goalkeeper in 2015. At Marseille, Edouard Mendy will feature for the reserve team as the second-choice goalkeeper.
Mendy will move to Ligue 2 side, Reims in 2016 where he will get more game time. The next season will be pivotal to his growth as he became the first-choice goalkeeper as Reims won the Ligue 2 championship and got promoted to Ligue 2. Mendy kept 18 clean sheets in 34 games. He will stay at Reims in their first season in Ligue 1 and kept further 14 clean sheets in the Ligue 1.
Edouard Mendy joined Rennes in August 2019 and became a regular as Rennes secured the third position in the French league cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He kept nine clean sheets in 24 games. This was the first time Rennes qualified for the Champions League in their history.
Under the advice of Chelsea’s legendary goalkeeper, Petr Cech, Chelsea made a surprising bid for a relatively unknown Mendy. He was signed for £22 million in a five-year deal. He immediately usurped the first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga impressing with his shot-keeping ability.
He kept six consecutive clean sheets in his first six games. Mendy has since remained an undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for Chelsea even with the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. He led Chelsea to the Champions League trophy. In the UEFA awards, he was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Season for the 2020/21 season.
In 50 games for Chelsea, Mendy has 29 clean sheets conceding only 32 goals.
At the international stage, Mendy decided to play for the country of the mother, Senegal instead of his father’s country, Guinea-Bissau. He has 11 caps for the team.
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