‘Very pleased with every part of his game’: Frank Lampard hails Edouard Mendy after Chelsea debut with goalkeeper in line to make his first Premier League start this weekend
- Frank Lampard insisted he was very pleased with Edouard Mendy’s debut
- The goalkeeper was handed his first start for the Carabao Cup tie at Tottenham
- The shot-stopper made a smart save from Sergio Reguilon in the second half
- But he was unable to keep out any of Tottenham’s penalties in the shoot-out
Frank Lampard heaped praise on new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after he made his Chelsea debut against Tottenham on Tuesday.
Mendy was handed his first start in the fourth-round Carabao Cup tie after completing a £22million move from Rennes last week and produced a fine stop from Sergio Reguilon.
Lampard is desperate for a solution to his goalkeeping crisis and even praised a second half mistake, insisting the shot-stopper had been ‘positive’ despite dropping a cross.
Edouard Mendy impressed as he made his Chelsea debut against Tottenham on Tuesday
Frank Lampard said he was very pleased with the goalkeeper’s commanding performance
But the 28-year-old was powerless to keep out Erik Lamela’s late equaliser and his debut ended with a penalty shootout.
While he was unable to keep out any of Spurs’ spot-kicks, Lampard insisted he was delighted with his new signing’s first outing.
‘I thought he was very good,’ said the Chelsea boss after his side’s League Cup exit.
‘He made a couple of good saves, one particularly good save.
The goalkeeper was called into action a number of times and made some impressive stops
But the 28-year-old was unable to keep out any of Tottenham’s penalties in the shoot-out
‘He came and caught a few balls, even the one where he came and didn’t catch, the idea that he wants to be positive is not a bad thing. Very, very pleased with every part of his game, really.’
Mendy looks set to make his first Premier League start against Crystal Palace on Saturday with neither Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero doing enough to convince Lampard they should play.
Kepa was dropped for the Blues’ draw with West Brom after mistakes against Brighton and Liverpool.
But Caballero did not cover himself in much glory as Chelsea conceded three first-half goals at the Hawthorns.
Lampard will hope Mendy can become his settled first choice keeper with the Blues looking to get back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Mendy looks set to make his first league start ahead of Kepa Arizzabalaga and Willy Caballero
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