Over the summer, Frank Lampard invested heavily in new faces, with an international shot-stopper from Senegal being billed as his best purchase.
Over the summer, Chelsea invested heavily in all areas of the field, but Scott Minto says Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has already become Frank Lampard’s “star signing.”
During the last transfer window, Roman Abramovich broke open the checkbook again at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was released from back to front to strengthen his ranks, with big cash splashed out on the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech.
In West London, with the 28-year-old snapped up from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes, Mendy was among the last through the door.
Minto admits that he was left surprised at how long it took Chelsea to land a new No.1, with it clear for some time that Kepa Arrizabalaga’s man of £71 million ($93 million) was no longer up to the task.
Through his early outings, Mendy has shown that he can be the reliable choice Lampard is crying for, seeing him become a key figure for Premier League title hopefuls with his meteoric rise to prominence.
Former Blues defender Minto told talkSPORT about the value found in a busy market: “If you had told me at the end of last season that Chelsea could only make one signing, and they have obviously made quite a lot and spent a good amount of money, I would have said it would be the goal.”
I’m surprised that it took so long to get Edouard Mendy in, and only the Chelsea hierarchy knows why.
Even though this season Kepa has had chances, I think he looked shaky and made mistakes.
As a full-back, I can tell you that when you have a really strong , confident goalkeeper who’s going to come out and make good saves, it gives you confidence.
I would say so far, and I also love the look of Ziyech, that Edouard Mendy was the star signing at the moment, with five clean sheets in six games.
The trust he provides is what Chelsea needed. They needed clean sheets, that’s what they get at the moment, and now because they have so much talent there, they can concentrate on going forward.
In 2020-21, with Lampard initially struggling to address a long-standing problem, Leaks at the back had threatened to undermine Chelsea ‘s efforts, but Mendy has helped to bring a reversal in fortune and will have the Blues looking to extend an impressive unbeaten run when they play host to Sheffield United on Saturday.