Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has told the club’s supporters that they have not yet seen the best of him during an injury-plagued career so far at the Etihad Stadium.
The French left-back has been the victim of some long-term injuries since coming to the Premier League three years ago and he insisted that the Cityzens have yet to see “the real Benjamin Mendy”.
Speaking on Sky Sports‘ The Football Show, he said: “I’m working hard to come back to my best level and why not more, because every day we can improve and give to Man City the real Benjamin Mendy.
“Maybe I do some good games, maybe I do some bad games, but the top Mendy, we don’t see him because I need, not a long time, but to keep going to play and play, to come back at the best level.”
He added: “I would like to prefer to play and give everything now for the people to see the real Mendy but if I need to wait, I’m going to wait. I know the time will come and I’m still working.”
Only two months after joining Manchester City for £52m in 2017, Mendy ruptured knee ligaments in a match against Crystal Palace, which kept him out for the vast majority of his first season at the club.
He had made a fine start to the 2018/19 campaign, with five assists in his first six Premier League games that season, before cruel misfortune struck again as he suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for three months. He would only make one further league appearance for the rest of the campaign.
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That knee problem continued to keep him out of action as the 2019/20 season started but he has since managed to displace Oleksandr Zinchenko as Pep Guardiola’s first choice left-back. He has contributed four assists in 1,764 minutes of game-time this season, one per 441 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
By way of comparison, fellow full-back Kyle Walker has the same assists tally from 2,497 minutes (one per 624.25 minutes), while winger Raheem Sterling has set up seven goals in 3,002 minutes this term, one per 428.86 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
Mendy’s contribution of assists throughout his time at Manchester City suggests that, when he enjoys a prolonged injury-free run in the team, he can be a very effective attacking outlet.
Any footballer would find it tough to recover both physically and psychologically from the setbacks that the 25-year-old has endured over the last three years, so it is understandable why he feels that he hasn’t been able to play to the full extent of his potential so far at the Etihad.
If he can shake off his injury troubles once and for all and continue setting up goals at the rate which he showed last season in particular, there’s no reason why Manchester City won’t see the best of Mendy over the next couple of years.
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