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Edouard Mendy proved Rio Ferdinand right in brilliant save for Chelsea

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While Edouard Mendy had little to do against Norwich, all it took was one moment of brilliance to prove Rio Ferdinand was right about the Chelsea keeper. 

From a questionable Ballon d’Or snub to a string of match-winning performances, October has been anything but a dull month for Edouard Mendy.

Even on a day where Mason Mount bagged a hat-trick, Ben Chilwell scored for the fourth consecutive Premier League game, Callum Hudson-Odoi got his first goal under Thomas Tuchel, and Chelsea won 7-0, Mendy still made his mark in another terrific moment in the Blues goal.

Rio Ferdinand said last week that the Senegal international always does something to impress him – even in games where he has little to do – and it’s easy to see why.

As Chelsea annihilated Norwich on Saturday, Mendy would’ve been forgiven for taking his eye off the ball. The Blues were utterly dominant and ran away as deserving 7-0 victors. In fact, Norwich just had one shot on target throughout the entire game.

That one shot, though, was all it took for Mendy to leave his mark.

In a rare moment of opportunity, Milot Rashica raced towards the goal in the 52nd-minute. Chilwell’s error left the Canaries attacker with the ball inside the box, and with only a goalkeeper standing in his way. If Norwich were ever going to score at Stamford Bridge, this would’ve been it.

But Mendy, just as he has done countless times over the year, proved again why France Football was wrong to overlook him for the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist by denying Rashica with a brilliant block with his feet.

It was his one and only save, yet it again showed just how valuable Mendy is to Chelsea and, as Ferdinand pointed out, underrated.

What did Ferdinand say?

Speaking on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel last week, the Manchester United icon said: “I think Mendy is massively overlooked.

“His performances, the amount of clean sheets he’s had… nobody has had more clean sheets in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel has been here.

“He’s been tremendous. Every game I’ve watched him live and every game I’ve watched on the TV, he’s done something in the game that makes me go, ‘That’s why they’ve bought him.’

“He can be quiet for the whole game and then he just pulls out that save and that’s concentration. They’re the best goalkeepers.”