Just like how Strikers are rated and ranked by the numbers of Goals they scored in a particular competition, Goalkeepers are rated by the number of clean sheets they were able to keep. Although, they do share the spoils of the kept clean sheets with Defenders, Goalkeepers always end up getting the highest praise.
Last Summer, Chelsea struck gold by signing Edouard Mendy. The Senegalese Shot-stopper was signed from Rennes for a meagre amount of £18million. He was supposed to come in and play second fiddle to underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga but Edouard Mendy secured Chelsea's number one spot for himself during Frank Lampard's reign.
Edouard Mendy's first match didn't exactly turned out the way he would have wanted as Chelsea fell to a emphatic defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs in the Carabao Cup. The Winner of the match had to be determined with penalty shootout and Mendy was unable to make any Penalty save.
However, Edouard Mendy went ahead to become a rock in Chelsea goalpost. Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea Manager but Edouard Mendy still became the favourite under Thomas Tuchel.
He kept the highest number clean sheets in last UEFA Champions League campaign and he had the second highest clean sheets in the English premier league as he was second only to Manchester City's Ederson Morales.
Statistically, Edouard Mendy is the best Goalkeeper in Europe so far in 2021. He has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this year and he has kept 19 clean sheets. Don't forget he's also the UEFA Goalkeeper for 2021.
Manchester City's Ederson comes second after Edouard Mendy. Ederson has also kept 19 clean sheets this year but he has made more appearances than Edouard Mendy. Ederson kept 19 clean sheets out of the 35 appearances he has made for the Citizens in 2021.
AC Milan Goalkeeper Mike Maignan is third on the list. He was Formerly with Lille before AC Milan signed him as replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma who left the Italy for Paris last summer. Maignan has kept 17 clean sheets in 31 appearances for AC Milan and Lille this year.
Sevilla Goalkeeper Yassine Bono has kept 17 clean sheets in 33 appearances for Spanish club in 2021.
Wolfsburg Goalkeeper Koen Casteels has kept 15 clean sheets for the German club in 29 appearances this year. Real Madrid Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois ranks sixth with 15 clean sheets in 36 appearances for the Los Blancos.
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