Frank Lampard says he has been impressed with the ‘security’ new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has shown since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Mendy was signed from Rennes back in the summer after a string of high-profile errors from Kepa Arrizabalaga, who conceded 14 goals in his last six games for the west London club.
Following Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday, the 28-year-old became only the second Blues stopper after club legend Petr Cech to start his Premier League career with three consecutive clean sheets.
Mendy’s dominance of his box and assured displays between the sticks has brought a calming presence to what was previously an erratic defence – and Lampard has been pleased with the Senegal international’s displays so far.
‘He’s played well,’ Lampard said after the Burnley victory. ‘Edouard has come in and from the first game he played, against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, and the game’s he’s played he’s shown his own security and that’s what we’re striving for.
‘We brought him in for competition and it’s up to the players then to show their own qualities and he’s shown them.’
Lampard was also quick to point out the big impact of veteran defender Thiago Silva, who joined the club on a free transfer in the summer.
‘Of course, it’s not just him [Mendy],’ Lampard added. ‘When you look at the team and the way we’re defending Thiago has come in in that period has well.
‘I think we’re working on the discipline of the team, defending the box, he’s been a constant for us.
‘I think we have to give credit to individuals within the collective and he’s done really well. I’m so pleased with the way he’s started.
‘His personality again, when you sign players and bring them into the group, you want to see how they are, you never quite know until they’re in the building and he’s settled in really well.
‘Engaging, trains hard, wants to talk and make relationships with the players. It’s been a really good start for him and I’m pleased he’s playing his old team, it’s a nice story.’