Ferland Mendy is a left back transferred from Olympique Lyon for a fee of $35.00m and until now seems to be the best Zinedine Zidane’s signing, winning the race over Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes & Luka Jovic.
Mendy with his extraordinary performances he had this season, left Marcelo in bench.
He is young, powerful, rapid, he has all what Marcelo lacked for.
Real Madrid has gone 21 matches unbeaten till now, providing 15 wins and 6 draws, scoring 46 goals and conceding only 9, this thanks to Real Madrid’s solid defense [including Mendy] also resulted keeping 13 clean sheets.
Ferland Mendy had 18 appearances so far this season : 13 LaLiga appearances, 3 on Champions League and 2 on SuperCopa, providing two assists.
Fact: in 1,005 minutes Mendy played, Real received only 3 goals!
A quick comparison between Mendy and Marcelo this season:
- In 15 matches Mendy played this season, Real Madrid has won 9 of them, lost one and conceded 7 goals.
- Meanwhile Real Madrid kept only two clean sheets all the season when Marcelo played 90mins.
- In 1,223mins that Mendy played overall, had only one shot on target [against R.Sociedad].
- In 826mins that Marcelo played overall, had seven shots on target.
- Until now Marcelo has 4 assists and Mendy has two.
These stats show the bad form of Marcelo even though he has better statistics in offence, but unfortunately he’s aging and lost his position to the starting eleven.
Mendy in his first season at Real Madrid has been able to win two trophies: Spanish League and Spanish Super Cup.
He has played 31 matches with Madrid till now and he did really help them to win the La Liga trophy.
Mendy has started nineteen times out of 31 available, substituted six times, missed six matches due to suspension and injury and benched six times.
The other signings of Zidane’s have not been so well actually. Besiden Rodrygo Goes we can say Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard were a floop.
It is still early to say that but they didn’t show us any good result.
Even Hazard admitted that this was his worst season in his entire career.He really did catch his rhythm with Madrid in the middle of the season, giving us some very good performances but the injury he got against Paris saint German left him outside the fields for approximately 4 months.
He has been injured four times since he came in Madrid from Chelsea, scoring only one goal and giving two assists.
The other signing, Luka Jovic, could be consider a flop, as he managed to score twice in 26 games with Los Blancos. He is still young and with work and determination he can be the ideal Benzema’s substituent. He did not get many minutes because of Benzema’s very good form, but we will see if Zidane gives him another chance for next season or he will be loaned somewhere.
Rumors say that a move to AC Milan would be possible for Jovic., but most likely the striker will remain at Real for another season.
In the other hand Rodrygo Goes has been very productive for the minutes he played. He scored a hattrick in his Champions League debut against Galatasaray. He didn’t get his desired minutes but as long as he played he showed a good performance.
He scored nine times in his 28 appearances and gave two assists.
In his 28 appearances he started twelve of them, substituted seven, missed 4 [three due to the injury and one to suspension] and was benched nine times.
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