Shearer: Mendy ran the midfield at Man City

29 Sep 2020
Nampalys Mendy, Leicester

Premier League's all-time record goalscorer highlights Frenchman's contribution to Leicester's 5-2 victory

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A trip to the Etihad Stadium can be a daunting proposition, and Leicester City's task was made even tougher by the loss of defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to injury ahead of the match.

But they did not miss the Nigerian, thanks to the stellar display of Nampalys Mendy.

Although they fell behind early on, Leicester then showed great resilience to nullify Manchester City's attack and repeatedly hit the hosts on the break, securing a sensational 5-2 win.

Alan Shearer, the Premier League's all-time top goalscorer, was particularly impressed with midfielder Mendy, who he felt was key to the visitors' success.

Shearer has selected the Frenchman in his Premier League Team of the Week, along with Leicester's hat-trick hero Jamie Vardy and manager Brendan Rodgers.

Karl Darlow (NEW) TOT 1-1 NEW

It had to be some performance to keep Illan Meslier out of this team, but Darlow just pipped him after making 11 saves against Tottenham Hotspur. Several of those were top-class. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) LIV 3-1 ARS

He was such a threat. He set up Andrew Robertson’s goal and would have had another assist if Bernd Leno hadn’t saved Sadio Mane’s first-half effort. He nearly scored himself too with a long-range strike. 

Tyrone Mings (AVL) FUL 0-3 AVL

Aston Villa are yet to concede this season, and he is a big reason why. This was another solid performance, with the bonus of a goal at the other end of the pitch. 

Arthur Masuaku (WHU) WHU 4-0 WOL

The left-back played his part in a much-needed clean sheet and provided several great crosses, including the assist for Sebastien Haller’s goal. 

Jarrod Bowen (WHU) WHU 4-0 WOL

Bowen scored two huge goals to ease the pressure on his club. His first strike was particularly impressive, whipping the ball into the bottom-left corner after surging forward.

Nampalys Mendy (LEI) MCI 2-5 LEI

It is quite a feat to run the midfield against Kevin De Bruyne and co, but he did just that. He disrupted Manchester City’s rhythm and launched counter-attack after counter-attack. 

Abdoulaye Doucoure (EVE) CRY 1-2 EVE

He stopped almost every Crystal Palace attack, doing a particularly great job in tracking back to nullify Wilfried Zaha’s threat on the break. What a signing. 

Jack Harrison (LEE) SHU 0-1 LEE

Harrison swung in a perfect cross for Patrick Bamford’s winning header. In fact his crosses were fantastic throughout as he continued his impressive start to his Premier League career. 

Jamie Vardy (LEI) MCI 2-5 LEI

He clearly wants that Golden Boot again! Two of his goals may have been penalties, but he looks better and quicker than ever, and his second goal was brilliantly taken. 

Callum Robinson (WBA) WBA 3-3 CHE

Chelsea gave the West Bromwich Albion attacker two chances and he punished them with a couple of clinical finishes.

Jack Grealish (AVL) FUL 0-3 AVL

He was just too good for Fulham. They simply couldn’t handle him as he made well-timed runs from the left side into the centre at pace. 

Manager: Brendan Rodgers (LEI) MCI 2-5 LEI

Rodgers stuck to his gameplan despite conceding early on, and got his rewards with a magnificent counter-attacking performance. Leicester couldn’t win the title again, could they?! 

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