Edouard Mendy breaks Sadio Mane’s POTY strangehold


Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy bags individual award to break Liverpool star’s 6-year strangleholdChelsea’s Edouard Mendy bags individual award to break Liverpool star’s 6-year stranglehold

 

Premier League giants Chelsea have, on Monday evening, confirmed that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has secured for himself a highly sought after individual prize.

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Senegalese shot-stopper Mendy has of course proven something of a revelation over the course of the last 18 months.

After making the move to Stamford Bridge in a somewhat under the radar move from Stade Rennais in the summer of 2020, the 29-year-old was expected to act as backup to, before eventually providing competition for the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Few, in turn, could have predicted just how significant an impact Mendy would ultimately go on to make in west London.

The gifted goalkeeper quickly went about usurping Kepa as Chelsea’s first-choice between the posts, on his way to 31 Premier League appearances across the length of last season.

Not only that, but his starring performances on the continent also proved crucial in the Blues’ eventual Champions League triumph back in May.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy bags individual award to break Liverpool star’s 6-year strangleholdChelsea’s Edouard Mendy bags individual award to break Liverpool star’s 6-year stranglehold

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 16: Pontus Jansson of Brentford has his shot saved by Edouard Mendy of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Brentford and Chelsea at Brentford Community Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Despite something of a recent blip, Mendy’s fine form has since continued into the early months of the current campaign, too, with the one-time Marseille man continuing to act as an integral member of Thomas Tuchel’s setup.

And, as alluded to above, on Monday, the 29-year-old has seen his standout efforts altogether deservedly rewarded.

As confirmed by Chelsea themselves, Mendy has been named as the Senegalese Player of the Year for 2021.

The shot-stopper comfortably beat out 2nd-placed Sadio Mane to the award (321 votes to 99), voted for by journalists in the country, breaking a reported streak of six successive triumphs on the part of the Liverpool star.

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 16 24 38
2 Liverpool FC 16 33 37
3 Chelsea FC 16 27 36
4 West Ham United 16 9 28
5 Manchester United 16 2 27
6 Arsenal FC 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Leicester City 16 0 22
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
10 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
12 Crystal Palace 16 0 19
13 Aston Villa 16 -4 19
14 Everton FC 16 -8 18
15 Leeds United 16 -8 16
16 Southampton FC 16 -10 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 16 -17 10
20 Norwich City 16 -24 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5



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