Benjamin Mendy was linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer when the Premier League champions had Robin Gosens, Alex Sandro, Nuno Mendes, David Alaba, Nicolas Tagliafico and Gabriel Gudmundsson on their radar, but the 27-year-old looks set to stay until January at least.
Whether Mendy starts many games until then remains to be seen, however, as he underperformed in City’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and was singled out by many supporters on social media.
Mendy has been awful since getting g injured so early on. Rubbish
— Brendan Kelly (@brenkelly30) August 18, 2021
Mendy don't even deserve to b a city player
— Allwell Clinton (@AllwellClinton2) August 18, 2021
Mendy should never put a city shirt on again after the last performance… lovely guy but cannot play football
— Bernie Antoine (@BernieAntoine10) August 18, 2021
Hanging Mendy out to dry here. I feel sorry for him really, I think every city fan wanted this to work out but it’s clear he’s completely out of his depth. Should be nowhere near the first team I’m afraid.
— Davy Grime (@DavyGrime) August 18, 2021
The fact that city sold Angelino and kept this Mendy is crazy. https://t.co/fpZdbanJgq
— .. (@feez_TODA) August 18, 2021
Mendy doesn’t even deserve to be a City player anymore
— Mo Italiano (@VenicePrince) August 18, 2021
Sending a risky text when drunk is like using Benjamin Mendy as a full back
— 27/7 (@mulijjomosES) August 18, 2021
Benjamin mendy is manchester city's weakest link.
— Thato M. Mashilo (@thato_m_mashilo) August 18, 2021
The French international also started in City’s Community Shield defeat to Leicester City on August 7, so Pep Guardiola might be considering a change against Norwich City on Saturday – Oleksandr Zinchenko was a regular last season and did little wrong to lose his place at left-back.
Mendy joined City for £52m in 2017 and has gone on to make 75 appearances in all competitions, but his time at the Etihad Stadium has been tarnished by injuries. Being out for so long has negatively affected the 27-year-old’s form and now City have an expensive flop earning £90k-per-week/£4.7m-a-year that isn’t attacting suitors.