The vast majority of Chelsea supporters heaved a collective sigh of relief this week as they finally completed the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
The Frenchman arrives for £ 20million and is expected to usurp error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s first choice keeper.
However, Blues fans will have to wait to see their new signing with Frank Lampard confirming that Mendy will not be in their clash at West Brom on Saturday, a game you can stream live on talkSPORT, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.
Lampard has revealed Mendy won’t be playing because he’s spent a long week finalizing his move to Stamford Bridge and hasn’t had time to fit into any training.
The Chelsea boss has also admitted he will have to speak to Kepa as well as veteran gloves Willy Caballero following their latest signing.
“I did not speak to him [Kepa], but I’ll have a conversation with him and Caballero in about 24 hours, ”the Chelsea coach said.
“And that’s important as goalkeepers because they have their own little union on the training ground because of the nature of how they work together.
“So I hope there will be a positive mood between the goalkeepers, and I’m sure there will be.
This means Kepa should have one last chance to prove his worth to Chelsea, or to a club that may be interested in signing him before October 5, but who else should play for the Hawthorns?
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As for the rest of the squad, Lampard has confirmed that Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are training but forwards will not be at risk for this game.
New signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell made their debuts in the Carabao Cup win over Barnsley this week and are both vying to start against the Baggies.
Andreas Christensen is suspended following his red card in the loss to Liverpool last weekend.
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