With transfer speculation coming thick and fast for Aston Villa, Stade de Reims’ Edouard Mendy is a new name for me this week.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper seems to have been offered up by French outlet L’Equipe presumably as an additional option to the speculation that has already linked us with potential moves for Neil Etheridge and Jack Butland, but the report lacks any real details.
Suffice to say, they simply suggest that after three years with the Ligue 1 side the player might fancy a new challenge and England becomes an easy link to make. The two capped Senegal international is said to have attracted interest from Marseille, Rennes and Montpellier and as well as the tentative link to Villa, fellow promoted side Norwich City are also referenced.
I’m not really sure anything will come of this one as with Jed Steer No 1, we’ll already be looking to move one of Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic on and would another foreign goalkeeper gamble pay off after our recent attempts?
I’m not the only one who doesn’t think so.
— Steven Roy (@villaboy2016) June 25, 2019
The question is how much because if it’s not that much less than Butland or Etheridge, think the sensible route is to sign players who have experience playing in England. We can’t afford people time to adapt this season #avfc
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) June 25, 2019
No more foreign keepers! We need a proven premier league stopper
— Aaron Edwards (@Big_Az) June 25, 2019
Dont see Mendy as a big enough improvement to make it worth it tbh. Long guy with good reflexes, but a bit too eccentric for my liking. Doesn't command the area in the way a good GK does in PL either IMO. #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) June 25, 2019
If we're really going to sign another keeper it surely has to be a safe bet. Can't gamble on having another one no good. Bench is not big enough.
— MrAstonVilla (@villa1st) June 25, 2019