Edouard Mendy’s stellar season
He has continued in this vein again this season, and has again been crucial in Chelsea’s current good form, with the highest prevented goals in the Premier League so far. Unlike his predecessor, Mendy has seemingly inspired confidence in his Blues backline, which has conceded just three goals in seven Premier League games.
Should he have been a Ballon D’or candidate?
Despite his stellar campaign, Mendy’s name was nowhere to be seen when the nominations for the Ballon D’or were announced last week. While 5 of his club-mates were on the list, the Goalkeeper was conspicuously absent.
Speaking during the international break, after the clash between Senegal and Namibia, Mendy’s national team-mate Kalidou Koulibaly was quick to point this out, slamming FIFA for their decision by saying:
“We have to do double the work to be well evaluated. It is a shame that Edouard is not one of the nominees. He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League. We have to keep working. He is a very personable person. positive. I’ve already talked to him about this and he will continue to fight to be there. For me, he deserved to have a place in the 30”
Does Koulibaly have a point, or was Mendy rightfully overlooked for the award?