Fantasy League tips: Is Benjamin Mendy the man to guide your team to glory?
Benjamin Mendy is officially a Premier League player, setting both Manchester City fans and fantasy football masters’ pulses racing.
The left-back became City’s fourth summer signing on Monday after completing a mega £52million transfer from Monaco – and in turn becoming the most expensive defender of all time.
Mendy, like many at the French club, had a stunning breakthrough campaign last season and was a key member of the side that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
The 22-year-old will replace compatriot Gael Clichy at left-back, with Aleksandar Kolarov also moved onto Roma.
Mendy’s performances for Monaco last season saw him rewarded with a first France cap in their World Cup qualifying win over Luxembourg in March.
He was also being tracked by Liverpool, but it is City who have won the race to sign him with another massive summer splurge as they prepare to part with £300million on new players this summer.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Mendy might not be a household name in English football yet but his consistent displays last season for a bristling Monaco side suggest he could well be on the way to becoming one.
WhoScored, Dream Team’s ratings providers, gave him an impressive overall season rating of 7.31 and Ligue 1 rating of 7.25.
To put that in some context, only Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa and Guingamp’s Fernando Marcal performed better in terms of Ligue 1 full-backs.
As for his Premier League counterparts, Mendy’s league rating is only bettered by Marcus Alonso in the full-back positions and he was playing a lot further forward for Chelsea.
He’s a powerful defender who loves to buccaneer forward so should fit seamlessly into the Pep Guardiola style of play.
Mendy is likely to be an extremely popular Dream Team pick given City’s sheer mass of games both domestically in the Premier League and cup competitions and in Europe in the Champions League.
And given the initial values of the likes of Nathaniel Clyne (4.5m) and Danny Rose (£4.0m) last season, we can confirm Mendy has been priced at an attractive £4m this season.