It is fair to say that Benjamin Mendy’s dream move from AS Monaco to Manchester City has not panned out the way he would have liked.
The Frenchman did, of course, win the Premier League alongside the Carabao Cup in his first year at the Etihad.
However, his appearances in the 2017/18 season were limited after picking up a serious knee ligament injury early into his Manchester City career, preventing him from being able to make a major impact at his new club.
Mendy has since returned to full fitness, starting the first few games of this latest campaign particularly well.
From left-back, the 24-year-old had been constantly bombing up and down the left flank and delivering accurate crosses into the box for Manchester City attackers before once again falling to injury.
And while these things are obviously a part of the game, manager Pep Guardiola has not been impressed with Mendy’s attitude towards his rehabilitation and overall professionalism at the club.
Guardiola made it clear during a pre-match press conference last month that he was not happy with Mendy’s failure to report for treatment on time with ESPN also reporting that the Manchester City boss is growing increasingly frustrated with the former Monaco man in general.
Guardiola had previously warned Mendy about his heavy social media activity (via Independent), viewing it as something that can be problematic in the modern game.
Ultimately, Mendy has stupidly put himself in an unfavourable position under a manager who can be very ruthless when necessary. It would not be a surprise to see Guardiola give the France international the chop if things do not change.
With the ability Mendy possesses, though, it would be such a waste for the Le Havre youth product not to fix up.
When fit, there probably is not a better left-back in the Premier League. Mendy is the complete full-back; he is able to defend, support attacks and, overall, is completely dominant on the entirety of the left flank.
He gives Manchester City an added dimension in attack when things become too congested in the centre of the pitch and, despite barely featuring for the Citizens since joining the club last summer, is still a key component in the squad.
There is no doubt that Mendy has the quality to be a mainstay in the Manchester City team for years to come. But if that is to happen, then he has to start making changes outside of football.
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