Chelsea have officially announced the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from French club Rennes and now the big question is if the keeper will replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal vs West Brom this Saturday.
Mendy has been brought in to directly challenge the faltering Spanish keeper this season and the new arrival has already hinted that he is fully fit and ready, if called into action vs the Baggies.
Mendy said, as quoted by Standard: “Yes, I’m fit. Even though I have not played a match for a while I have been training as usual with Rennes. I have also played an in-house match in training recently, so I am feeling good.
“I want to adapt to this league, continue my progression that has been constant for a number of years, and to win. At a club like Chelsea, you have to win.
“I have worked very hard, I haven’t taken anything for granted. It’s been a constant progression and now I am ready to continue on that upward path.”
Frank Lampard though has made it pretty clear that Edouard Mendy is not going to start in goal this weekend in the Premier League meaning it should once again be Kepa who will keep his spot in the starting XI.
The manager said in his press conference: “To start tomorrow is not going to happen. He has had a long week and not really trained. Too tight around.
“I haven’t spoken to him[Kepa], but I will have a conversation with him and Caballero in 24 hours or so. There is good competition between them.”
Also, West Brom are not particularly a strong side so the Chelsea boss would not mind keeping Edouard Mendy out of this and giving Kepa one more day out on the pitch.