Great Expectations

Mendy creativity could make him essential Man City defender

Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) has the potential to be the go-to Manchester City defensive option in 2018/19 after his comeback from long-term injury.

The Frenchman was ruled out for most of last season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Gameweek 6, but is fit and ready to go for the new campaign, at a cheaper price than colleagues Nicolas Otamendi (£6.5m) and Kyle Walker (£6.5m).

We’ve gone over the data to find out whether Fantasy Premier League managers can expect to see the Mendy who registered eight assists in 25 league matches and seven Champions League appearances prior to signing for Man City.

CREATIVE GENIUS

Mendy’s start to the 2017/18 demonstrated his huge creative potential. In the first five Gameweeks of last season, before his Gameweek 6 injury, only Premier League four defenders created more chances than the Frenchman, all of them with more starts under their belt in that period. The Frenchman fashioned seven opportunities in 270 minutes, Jose Holebas (£4.5m) eight in 360, Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m) nine in 369, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.0m) nine in 269 and Ben Davies (£6.0m) 13 in 350.

In fact, only three Man City players created more than Mendy, David Silva (£8.5m) with 17 chances in five starts, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m) with 15 in five and Sergio Aguero (£11.0) with 12 in four. And despite making just seven appearances in the entire campaign, just De Bruyne and Leroy Sané (£9.5m) registered more successful crosses from open play than Mendy’s eight, with 14 and nine respectively.

Adding a further three appearances after a Gameweek 34 return, Mendy created nine chances and had five shots on goal in 361 minutes across the season as a whole. That averaged out at a key pass every 40.1 minutes, the next best in the City defence was Walker with one every 92.9. Furthermore, his shot every 72.2 minutes was the second-best in the City defence, with Danilo’s (£5.5m) 70.6 coming out on top.

DEFENSIVE RETURNS

On top of Mendy’s impressive creative potential is his ability to keep a healthy number of clean sheets. No side conceded fewer goals than Man City’s 27 last season and only Manchester United recorded more clean sheets, their total of 19 just one better than the Citizens’ 18.

Pep Guardiola’s champions sit top of our season ticker for defence in the opening six Gameweeks so shutouts should be expected. After a tricky trip to Arsenal in Gameweek 1, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Fulham are all set to visit the Etihad Stadium with trips to Wolves and Cardiff in Gameweeks 3 and 6 respectively.

ON THE MENDY

Mendy will be ahead in his pre-season development compared to everybody else. Even though he only registered 40 minutes in Russia, the training he did there with France was effectively his pre-season and because he missed so much time with the injury, his body and mind should be in a position to head back to training with his club and then competitive action without feeling burned out.

ROTATION FREE (FOR NOW)

Mendy was brought to Man City last season to be the first-choice left-back and the Frenchman looks set to make that position his own, especially in the early weeks of 2018/19. The late returns to training of Danilo and Fabian Delph (£5.5m) means that the only cover for the left of defence will be Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.0m), who may not be at the club anymore by Gameweek 1 with transfer reports linking him elsewhere. Those factors should ensure very little rotation on Mendy’s part to begin with, as he is already with the main training group in the USA.

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999 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fassy
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Man Utd are preparing an official approach for Thiago Alcantara. #MUFC

    1. QuintonFortune25
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Would be a brilliant signing that!

  2. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Those worried about Wood:

    "'Woody’s got a chance. It was just a precaution tonight, he got a slight feel in his hip, so it’s purely a precaution,' said Dyche."

    Source: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/16372757.wood-in-with-a-chance-of-being-fit-for-burnleys-europa-league-tie/

  3. nsemyles
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Help needed,
    1.5 itb
    Patricio/fabianski
    Mendy/Robertson/bellerin/sclurpp/daniels
    Erikson/martial/mhky/mahrez/ward
    Aubama/firmino/sorloth

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Bellerin not the best choice. Schlupp to Tomkins/WB. Daniels to Cedric. You could Hazard in if you like.

  4. youneedmorecavaleiro
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    RMT

    Patricio (4.0)
    Robbo - Mendy - AWB (Cedric, 4.0)
    Salah - Sane - Ramsey - Maddison - Cavaleiro
    Auba - Firmino (Quaner)

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Weak bench but like it.

  5. Otis Kay
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    A) Mahrez + Lennon + Deulofeu
    B) Sessegnon + Jota + Lamela

    ?????????????????????????

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      B

  6. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Thoughts on this lineup so far?
    Forster - Fabianski
    Mendy - Cedric - Daniels - Dunk - Wan-Bissaka
    Salah - Mahrez - Mkhitaryan - Costa - Cairney
    Arnautovic - Firmino - Aguero

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Apart from Dunk, love it.

  7. RubberDucky
      2 years, 6 months ago

      Thoughts Please.

      Have I tweaked too much to get Aubameyang in with Kun?

      Anybody else trying to minimise having to WC in 4 GW's? Or don't care and only thinking that far?

      DDG/Norris

      Bennett/Tomkins/Robertson/Cedric/Mendy

      Salah/Silva/Hughes/Mkhi/Costa

      Aguero/Aubameyang/Kamara

      Much appreciated

      1. The Head-Ake
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Silva to Mahrez and Tomkins to WB?

        1. RubberDucky
            2 years, 6 months ago

            Hmmm it's an option.

            Silva will be starting like Mahrez first few GW's and Tomkins is more nailed than WB.

            But it's an option worth thinking, thanks

      2. The Head-Ake
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Patricio
        Mendy Coleman Robbo
        Martial Jota Mahrez Salah
        Kun Firmino/Morata Kamara (Foster - Bennett - W Bissaka - Hudson-Odoi)

        GTG? Martial and Odoi to Cairney and Mkhi after GW3

      3. TallestJohn
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Put Davies in my defence to cover the first couple of games before I get an Arsenal defender (probably Bellerin), then thought why not do the same with Kane over Aubameyang for the first couple of games?

        I'm going without Salah and even though I think Auba could grab a goal or two even with the tough fixtures, Kane would be a real captaincy option. Obviously if he's not ready it's moot point but I'm not taking that for granted for now.

      4. Sadio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Are people overlooking Bernardo Silva as an option?

        At 7.5, he could offer some value. I think Pep may play him centrally more this season to give David Silva some rest.

      5. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Good team,Foster > 4.0 and Bennett > 4.5 ?

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Reply fail to heid-ake

      6. cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        RMT
        Patrico, Ryan
        Mendy, Robbo, Coleman, Long, Wan briska
        Silva, Salah, Mili, Ward, Nerves
        Auba, Tonsun, Firmino

        0 in the bank
        Thoughts plz

      7. Knowledgeable meerkat
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Sadly I only have room for three of these guys. Thoughts on which one to neglect?

        Robbo
        Coleman
        Davies
        Mendy

        (No other defensive cover from any of their teams)

        1. zzmarko
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          Going with Mendy & Coleman myself. I would go with Robbo over Davies as Poc likes to rotate Davies from 1 week to the next.

      8. superstars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        A) Kun + Siggy
        or
        B) Lacazette + Mahrez ?

      9. Bilbao Baggins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        But is he at risk of rotation with Sane and Pep mixing things up ?.. that would be my main question. With no rotation fears obviously he is a great pick shown from this article.

      10. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Best 4.0 goalkeeper and midfielder?

        1. Business Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 6 months ago

          No prospect of a playing 4.0m keeper...maybe Steklenberg for one game...that's it

          Mids are 4.5m minimum