Given the expectations that came with Pep Guardiola’s appointment as manager, Manchester City’s 2016/17 season can only be described as unsuccessful.
The Spaniard, however, knew that and quickly moved in the summer prior to the following campaign to improve his squad by signing Benjamin Mendy and co.
And after the year the Frenchman just had at AS Monaco, supporters were delighted to see him arrive at the Etihad.
What a notification to wake up to
— MCFC1894 (@MCFCArmy1894) July 24, 2017
BEST LB IN THE LEAGUE.
— Dylan. (@MiraculousMendy) July 24, 2017
Absolutely buzzing!Love this guy already, welcome to City Benjamin! #BlueMendy
— • Craig • (@Craig_Slingsby) July 24, 2017
Great signing…i cant wait for the season to start
— Seon M (@Seon251) July 25, 2017
Brilliant signing for us glad to see we are finally sorting out the defence, solid
— Ron Jambo (@RonJambOo) July 24, 2017
— chris leavy (@leavy_ctid) July 24, 2017
— Billy (@MystoganZz) July 24, 2017
YESSSSSSSS WEVE GOT MENDY
— bails (@baileymcfc_) July 24, 2017
Mendy, of course, played a huge role in Monaco’s 2016/17 Ligue 1 triumph with the 24-year-old putting in performances that saw him quickly become one of Europe’s leading left-backs.
Both domestically and in the Champions League as Leonardo Jardim’s men went on to reach the semi-finals, Mendy performed exceptionally well.
Unfortunately for Guardiola and Manchester City supporters, though, Mendy’s complete full-back performances have rarely been seen at the Etihad.
When the France international has played, his quality has been there for everyone to witness. He is usually defensively solid, while going forward he has offered this Manchester City side so much.
However, injuries have limited his minutes on the pitch with Guardiola now said to be eyeing up Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell (Telegraph), as a result.
All in all, despite all of the hype which is still understandable, Mendy has not been able to deliver in the way the Etihad faithful would have hoped.