Lampard: Edouard Mendy will have to earn Chelsea number one spot
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Lampard: Edouard Mendy will have to earn Chelsea number one spot

Frank Lampard has insisted new recruit Edouard Mendy will have to earn first-choice goalkeeper status at Chelsea.

The Senegal stopper joined Chelsea for £20million from Rennes this week, but not quite in time to make his debut in today’s Premier League trip to West Brom.

“I’m not going to talk about who starts on Saturday because I need to speak to the goalkeepers themselves,” said Lampard.

“We know we’ve had problems in the goalkeeping area in the first two games of the season and at times last year.

 “We can be very honest and open about that – and Kepa himself – in that search for the best performance levels. Mendy comes in to be competition in that area.

“I don’t want to talk about number ones, twos and threes at the minute because we’re not in that position.

“Mendy’s just come into the club and now it’s about how we move forward and trying to get that performance level as best as it can be.

“It will be very important for the make-up of the goalkeepers at the club that the level is competitive and supportive.

“In the three personalities I’ve got, and I met Mendy briefly yesterday, we have players that want to do their best for Chelsea Football Club and then will follow that hopefully with the performance we demand at Chelsea.”

It might take a little longer for Mendy to make his debut for Chelsea, as he has not played for over a month now and lacks match fitness. 

Mendy became the eighth signing of the current summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Xavier Mbuyamba, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, and Kai Havertz.

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