Chelsea keep, sell or ready before 2022/23: goalkeepers


LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Edouard Mendy of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 2, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s goalkeeping department have had a great 2021/22 season all things considered. Along with the first three goalkeeper picks of Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli, other Blues roster goalkeepers like Nathan Baxter and Jamie Cumming will also be judged in the first installment of this series. Lucas Bergstrom has already been loaned out to League Two side Peterborough United for the 2022/23 campaign so he won’t feature.

Here’s how the five remaining goalies are expected to spend the upcoming season:

1. Edward Mendy

The Senegalese international enjoyed another successful season as he collected several medals at club and international level. In total, Mendy managed to keep 23 clean sheets in 49 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, including the two cup finals at Wembley Stadium. In the very first game of the season, Mendy shared the spotlight with Arrizabalaga in the UEFA Super Cup as he was substituted just before the end of extra time, keeping the penalty shootout in mind. Tuchel’s gamble paid off as Arrizabalaga then made two decisive saves from the spot to win Chelsea their second Super Cup title.

Mendy went on to showcase world-class exhibits throughout the campaign. The most notable came at Brentford, when the away team’s slim 1-0 lead was on the line. The best of his six saves that day came in stoppage time when Mendy showed a incredible agility and reflexes to kick a bicycle over the crossbar. This stoppage was so good that he was selected for the Premier League stoppage of the season.

By the end of the season, Mendy had already won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award and finished second in the Yashin award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony. Soon after, Mendy helped Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations and a week later the Club World Cup title for Chelsea in Abu Dhabi. Sadly, no further honors were to be won as the Blues narrowly lost two trophies to liverpool in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals in the penalty shootout. Now, when it comes to Mendy, he’s a big favorite for Chelsea’s starting spot and his contract runs until the summer of 2025. Expect him to be a long servant of the club since he just turned 30 in March.

Verdict: Keep


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