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PremierLeague-News.Com - Chelsea news: Edouard Mendy's poor form continued at the World Cup in Senegal's opening defeat to the Netherlands
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! If Edouard Mendy was hoping to use the Qatar World Cup to escape the negativity at Chelsea and rediscover some confidence, his opening performance against the Netherlands only increased the harsh spotlight. Caught in no man's land for Cody Gakpo's header to give Holland the lead in the final 10 minutes was scrutinised, then the error was compounded by a fumbled stop to a Memphis Depay effort heading into the path of Davy Klaassen to make it 2-0. The two errors dearly cost Senegal a valuable point in Group A in what was a pretty forgettable contest until the final 10 minutes. For Chelsea and Graham Potter, the concerns over Mendy will run much deeper. READ MORE:Frenkie de Jong sends Chelsea clear transfer message in open attack on Barcelona board 2022 has seen a sharp downward turn in his once immaculate form. The keeper who helped transform Chelsea's defence after his £22m signing from Rennes in 2020 is no longer the trusted first-choice at Stamford Bridge after some high-profile errors and losing his spot to Kepa Arrizabalaga. Kepa's unexpected comeback into form, coupled with doubts over Mendy, has suddenly made his once-settled place at Chelsea look pretty fragile. Now heading into 2023, questions have arisen over the future of Chelsea's goalkeeping position before the January transfer window. Mendy's contract situation also further heightens the doubt over his future, reportedly rejecting a new offer over the summer before he lost first-spot. Kepa is expected to retain his place when Chelsea return to action against Bournemouth on the 27th of December after the World Cup. There are four potential solutions to Mendy's slump in form and the return of uncertainty between the sticks for the Blues.
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. The first solution is to persist with Mendy and hope he rediscovers the form that made him a successful transfer for Chelsea. As Kepa has proved, completely writing off players can be flippant and trying to retroactively claim that Mendy was never that good is a disingenuous argument, for a period, he genuinely was one of Europe's best. But obviously, this route is in itself a risk. Entrusting Kepa with top spot is another route Chelsea have already started going down. The 28-year-old made some outstanding stops and looked comfortable in Potter's possession-based approach. For the short term, this is the most likely route, given Kepa's familiarity with the role and the need for investment in other areas during the January window. Gabriel Slonina's arrival in January after his £12m switch from Chicago Fire throws a wildcard into the mix, although the 18-year-old would likely benefit from a loan compared to sitting on the bench for the rest of this season. The final option looks ahead to next summer and the prospect of Chelsea's new owners investing in a more substantial first choice which could feasibly happen. Porto's Diogo Costa and AC Milan's Mike Maignan have both been named in recent days as potential targets who have impressed this season. As Chelsea have discovered since the sour exit of Thibaut Courtois in 2018, finding a long-term replacement has proved an awkward road, one not fully solved by Mendy, whose recent form suggests more action might be needed. READ NEXT: Have your say on the Blues’ season so far by taking part in the Big Chelsea Forum! Chelsea at the World Cup today as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Edson Alvarez all in action Todd Boehly finds new Chelsea all-star midfield as double World Cup transfer mission made clear Why Christian Pulisic should not start for USA vs England amid long-term World Cup plan Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: Latest news, rumours and gossip from Stamford Bridge
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