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Sport Edouard Mendy to Chelsea: What does it mean for Kepa, Blues’ defense?

14:35  06 october  2020
14:35  06 october  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Does Edouard Mendy to Chelsea improve their defense right away? Not right away, but it will help. His impressive ability to come for crosses and Well, unless you’re a goalkeeper or defender for the Blues . Mendy is one part of the jigsaw and so too is Thiago Silva who will add a calm head and his

Édouard Osoque Mendy (born 1 March 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Chelsea and the Senegal national team.

Edouard Mendy to Chelsea: What does it mean for Kepa Arrizabalaga and how much does it improve the Chelsea defense?

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Frank Lampard has confirmed that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, has arrived from Rennes in a $28 million deal and the Senegalese international will provide ‘competition’ to Kepa as he’s signed a five-year contract.

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Chelsea are signing Edouard Mendy to challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for No 1 spot (Image: GETTY). Kepa only managed 10 more, despite having nearly twice as many opportunities, and that again suggests Chelsea are signing an upgrade this summer.

Chelsea want £25m Edouard Mendy in to end floundering Kepa 's stay in goal and take them to Frank Lampard is expected to swoop for Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy soon Sportsmail looks at how Mendy ranks with Kepa and rivals Alisson and Ederson

“Competition is a regular thing. We have brought Mendy in for that competition. It’s in everyone’s hands to get into the squad,” Lampard said. “I think it is the hardest position, because of the individual nature of it. I have to be sympathetic to that point. Last year I changed a few times, it’s a different thought process. We are always striving for the best performance.”

Is anyone buying that Mendy is just ‘competition’ for Kepa?

A couple of high-profile mistakes in Chelsea’s opening two games of the Premier League season has highlighted Kepa’s poor form and Chelsea have moved fast to bring in Mendy.

What does this mean for Kepa Arrizabalaga?

As the ProSoccerTalk lads discuss in the video above, this is probably the end, or at the very least the beginning of the end, for Kepa at Chelsea. Kepa has never really settled at Chelsea and over the last two seasons he hasn’t backed up being the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

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Does Edouard Mendy to Chelsea improve their defense right away? Not right away, but it will help. His impressive ability to come for crosses and his Frank Lampard loves to attack and it ’s fun to watch. Well, unless you’re a goalkeeper or defender for the Blues . Mendy is one part of the jigsaw and so

That transfer fee was a little false, as Chelsea were backed into a corner after losing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid and paid Kepa’s release clause of $91.1 million to Athletic Bilbao. But they still paid it and even if the fee was half of that, eyebrows would have been raised. Kepa, 25, has failed to command his box, looked nervous with the ball at his feet and shots from outside the box have also given him plenty of problems. Not a great combo for a goalkeeper.

Chelsea may look to loan him out but there’s no doubt that after being dropped for veteran Willy Caballero at the end of last season, the writing was on the wall and Kepa is on borrowed time at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea FC fans react to Kepa Arrizabalaga's performance and the defense . The channel does not own the rights to these video clips/voice They have, in accordance with fair use, been repurposed with the intent of educating and inspiring others.

There was a double from the penalty spot for Jorginho, a rare goal for Kurt Zouma, and a first Chelsea goal for Ben Chilwell as the Blues ran out comfortable winners against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the following when Mendy arrived, as Kepa will perhaps be kept as the back up option: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in. Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”

Does Edouard Mendy to Chelsea improve their defense right away?

Not right away, but it will help. His impressive ability to come for crosses and his towering six-foot six-inch frame should provide some stability and confidence from the defenders around him but the way Chelsea play suggests their defensive issues will remain.

Frank Lampard loves to attack and it’s fun to watch. Well, unless you’re a goalkeeper or defender for the Blues. Mendy is one part of the jigsaw and so too is Thiago Silva who will add a calm head and his experience to a youthful defense, and Ben Chilwell at left back will also improve their defensive outlook.

Lampard loves to attack, though, and we must admit that without N’Golo Kante in front of a oft-changed back four, things will be tough. Mendy’s arrival should help settle things down and help Chelsea improve at the back but Lampard needs his center backs to stand tall in the coming weeks and months.

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Chelsea 'keeper Mendy to miss Southampton clash .
Frank Lampard confirmed Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Southampton after a suffering a thigh injury, but the Blues boss would not reveal if Kepa Arrizabalaga is in line for a recall. Mendy has replaced error-prone Kepa as Chelsea's first choice keeper following his £22 million ($28 million) move from Rennes in September. The 28-year-old kept his first Chelsea clean-sheet in their win against Crystal Palace before the international break.Bu Mendy is now facing a short spell on the sidelines following his injury during a Senegal training session last week.

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