Frank Lampard claims Edouard Mendy has given Chelsea the security they needed in goal.
Mendy faces his old club Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday and Lampard is delighted by how well the Senegal goalkeeper has done since joining Chelsea five weeks ago.
The £22million signing has conceded just one goal in his six appearances compared to the 14 Kepa Arrizabalaga shipped in his last six games.
“Edouard has come in from the first game he played, against Tottenham in the League Cup, and shown he can give us the security we’re striving for,” said Blues boss Lampard.
“We brought him in for competition and it’s up to the players then to show their own qualities. He’s shown them, but it’s not just him.
“I think we’re working on the discipline of the team, defending the box, he’s been a constant for us.
“I think we have to give credit to individuals within the collective and he’s done really well. I’m so pleased with the way he’s started.
“His personality again, when you sign players and bring them into the group, you want to see how they are because you never quite know until they’re in the building and he’s settled in really well.
“Engaging, trains hard, wants to talk and make relationships with the players. It’s been a really good start for him.”
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Meanwhile, former No1 Kepa faces an uncertain future ahead at Chelsea.
The Spaniard is currently nursing a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for Chelsea’s last few fixtures, but there looks to be no way back following Mendy’s arrival.
Kepa is an expensive back-up to have on the bench, and Lampard will likely try again to offload the keeper in January, with veteran Willy Caballero still around to provide cover.