In the spirit of Black History month, a budding goalkeeper has praised Chelsea and Senegal star, Edouard Mendy, as the talent that has opened doors for black goal minders in Europe.
According to Leyton Orient goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, Mendy has become a major reference point and inspiration for black keepers who are a rarity in the European game history and modern age.
“In the league I play in, there are not many black goalkeepers,” said Vigouroux as quoted by Chelsea’s media.
“Maybe six or seven in 24 teams. It’s even less in the Premier League.
“I just wanted to say to myself, to see what you’re doing is very inspirational,” he said to Mendy during a meeting this week.
“We see you winning the Champions League and we can look to you as a reference point, to try and be more like you, and play more like you, and there are a lot of black goalkeepers who don’t play.
“A lot of kids when they are young, they don’t want to play in goal, especially young black kids, so it’s very inspirational what you’re doing and we hope you continue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mendy is training to visit St James’s Park this weekend.