‘A big part’: Gary Neville says Chelsea ‘would not be where they are’ without one player

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'A big part': Gary Neville says Chelsea 'would not be where they are' without one player

Gary Neville included Edouard Mendy in his team of the season for the goalkeeper’s contribution towards the defensive overhaul at Chelsea.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Neville and Jamie Carragher complied their best Premier League XI of the campaign.

Manchester City and Manchester United dominated the line-up. However, one Chelsea name was included in Neville’s selection.

“For me, it’s Edouard Mendy in goal because I think, with the goalkeeper they had, Chelsea had massive issues and would not be where they are now,” said the former United defender.

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“Since Thomas Tuchel has come in, their fortunes have changed defensively and he’s been a big part of that.”

Simply gaze over Mendy’s stats from his maiden spell in England and the impact is evident.

24 clean sheets in 42 appearances across all competitions, with 16 of those arriving in the league.

Only Ederson from Manchester City has managed more top flight stop outs than Chelsea’s Senegalese shot stopper.

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Not since Thibaut Courtois in 2016/17 has a Stamford Bridge saver won the Golden Glove Award.

Petr Cech was the last man to manage more than 17 clean sheets in single term. Mendy could smash both those records come May 23rd.

Following Tuchel’s arrival, the Blues have become even more water tight and Mendy appears even more assured.

£22m (Sky Sports) now looks like a snip for the ‘keeper, especially compared to the mouth-watering sum forked out for Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.

It feels that Chelsea have found their new no.1 for the short-term future at least.  

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