BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand has named Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Manchester City’s Ederson and Manchester United’s David De Gea as his three best keepers in the world on current form.
Ferdinand even went further by praising Mendy, in particular, stating that the Senegalese international’s goalkeeping has been of the highest standard over the past twelve months:
“If I was picking a goalkeeper right now in the world, I think my top three keepers would be – and maybe people say you’re biased because of the Premier League – but it would be Mendy, Ederson and, on form right now, De Gea. Mendy stands out for me, especially in this last year, he’s been impeccable.”
Ferdinand had no place in his top three for the likes of Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, Paris Saint-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma or even Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Mendy is, however, hugely deserving of the praise he is receiving. The 29-year-old has, for the most part, kept up his standards during his second season at Stamford Bridge, having a save percentage of 81%; the second-best in the Premier League.
After helping to win the African Cup of Nations for Senegal, with a penalty save in the final against Egypt, he will undoubtedly return to the Chelsea squad full of confidence, and you’d expect him to perform just as well for the remainder of the campaign.